VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
WWII Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday
It’s not every day a World War II Veteran turns 100. Our staff at the VA clinic in Ogden knows that and decided to throw a surprise party for their best patient.
Giacomo “Jim” Favero is a true American hero, and a Utah Native. He remembers when silent movies were 10 cents, hamburger was 5 cents a pound, and travel was by horse and buggy. Life was much simpler back then in rural Utah, at least before the war. He remembers that as well, too vividly at times.
SSG Jim Favero
“When you hit the water you had to push the dead out of the way to get in and on the beach the water was red with blood, you had to climb over the dead on the shore.” says Favero.
Jim was part of General Clark’s 5th Army Combat Engineers and was among those in the first amphibious landing in Salerno, Italy on September 7, 1943. Over two years later Jim was sent to Genova, Italy to board the USS General Stuart to be shipped to Manila, then on to Japan. While awaiting entrance to the Panama Canal, word came of the atomic bombs and Japan’s surrender. The war was over. Jim lost two thirds of the men he fought with.
SSG Jim Favero back in the States after World War II.
“Dad has been more and more forthcoming with his stories about the war. When we were kids he didn’t talk much about it, he wanted to put it behind him. I think he realizes now the impact that his generation had.” says Randy Favero, Jim’s son.
Provider Randy Huston knows how special Jim is. Jim has been part of the Ogden VA Clinic family for 15 years now.
Secret to longevity: “Proper eating, hard work and exercise. You are what you put in your mouth. Keep moving and keep your mind working. Think ‘straight’ and stay engaged in something good. Never trouble trouble and trouble won’t trouble you.”
Best advice: “Life is short so fill it with good things and good memories. Choose wisely the things you do. Honor your father and mother and enjoy being disciplined in your life. Respect your elders. Live close to the church and according to the principles you have been taught. Respect all people regardless of race or religion, and be loyal to and obey the laws of your country. Above all, love one another.”