WWII veteran from Seward celebrates 103rd birthday

Floyd Johansen, a veteran who served in the U.S. Army, celebrated his 103rd birthday with a special ceremony thanks to his nursing staff.
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A World War II veteran from Seward celebrated a major milestone Thursday – his 103rd birthday.

Staff with Tabitha Health at the Seward Memorial Hospital honored Floyd Johansen for his years of service in the U.S. Army. But that wasn’t the only reason they were celebrating.

“We are here for Floyd Johansen’s 103rd birthday,” says Barbara Springer, Floyd’s stepdaughter.

Nurses and other Veterans honored Floyd with a commemorative pin and a certificate, thanking him for his service.

Floyd joined the Army in 1942 and served in World War II until after V-Day in 1945. Floyd served in four branches of the Army; the Costal Artillery, Army Air Corps., Infantry, and Quarter Master.

Floyd has been recognized in a multitude of ways for his service, including an honor flight in Washington D.C. in 2009, and he also received the Quilt of Honor.

“We’re just so proud of him, he has done so much,” Barbara says. “All that he went through in the war and the infantry, out on the line and getting pinned down. [It was] a huge sacrifice for our country.”

And not only did Floyd have a noble military career, but Barbara says he’s been a family role model.

“He’s done so much for our family, he was a wonderful husband to my mom and a great father for us kids,” she says.

Floyd has six grandchildren and another six great-grandchildren.

And as a lifelong resident of the town of Friend, Nebraska, Floyd has also been a member of the Congregational Church there for 91 years.

“He was always a good church worker, ushered and helped do whatever they needed, so, just a super, super guy,” says Van Springer, Barbara’s husband, and Floyd’s son-in-law.

On this milestone birthday, Floyd tells Channel 8 he simply feels ‘old.’

Happy birthday, and thank you for your service, Floyd!

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