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WWII, Korean War Marine veteran finishes marathon, celebrates with a shot of scotch | MarineCorpsTimes

WWII, Korean War Marine veteran finishes marathon, celebrates with a shot of scotch | MarineCorpsTimes

Forrest Gump doesn’t have anything on retired Marine Col. Jonathan Mendes.

The 96-year-old Devil Dog recently became the oldest person to complete the New York City Marathon, completing the 26.2 mile race through the city’s five boroughs in 11 hours and 23 minutes and chasing it with a shot of scotch to boot.
“You have to have goals in life,” Mendes told Runner’s World. “They don’t have to be important. But at this stage, I’ve done it all. I’ve skied all over the world. I’ve canoed the great rivers of the world. I flew dive-bombers for the Marine Corps in World War II, and jet fighter attack planes in Korea.”

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