Texoma WWII veteran gets more than 1,000 birthday cards for 100th birthday

Published: Jan. 9, 2020 at 11:18 AM CST
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A century ago, the United States was recovering from the first World War, Woodrow Wilson was president and prohibition began. It was also the year Lyndoll Hurley, future Navy Service member and Texoma native was born.

"I'll Never see another 100," Lyndoll said.

Lyndoll turned 100 years old on January 8. He lives in Bonham at the Clyde W. Copster State Veterans Home but spent much of his life in Denison. The WWII Navy Veteran is also a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

"For me, I think, but for several of us it's certainly dad as the center of it," said Lyndoll's son Robert Hurley.

From Plano to Savoy to Tusco, Arizona, Lyndoll's four children say they often make time to visit their dad. After Lyndoll's wife died, the children, now adults, say it is the reason their dad wanted to live to 100.

"Well, we've been looking forward to this day for some time now. He always said he'd make it to 100 and he did, so we're really proud of him," said Gerold Hurley.

The Chairman of the Veterans Land Board, George P. Bush, asked for the community to help send in 100 birthday cards to honor Lyndoll on his birthday.

With the help of the VLB community and Lyndoll's family, more than 1,100 cards were sent in from across the country.

"Hey, there's some more of them!" Lyndoll said.

The letters, and the smiles, keep on coming.