WWII veteran turns 100 in Pleasanton

Served in Solomon Islands, then with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in battle of Manila

Lanthey Pepares, a veteran who served during World War II, celebrated his 100th birthday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton on March 15 with a group that included Rich Ghere, American Legion; Hal Strunk, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); Dave Ham, VFW; Pepares; Dave Caldwell, VFW; Wayne Thomas, VFW; and Larry Brumm, VFW.

Pepares spent two years in the Army, 37th Infantry Division, 145th regiment, in the Pacific during World War II and was promoted to field sergeant.

He first went overseas at the age of 28 to Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, where he fought in the offensive mission to take a small piece of land for a major airfield to be built. He also participated with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the battle of Manila.

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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Mar 31, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for your service!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm

God Bless YOU Sir! There is no Thank You that is strong enough to convey my admiration and gratefulness to all those who serve. Those of you that served in WWII are my heroes.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

My uncle Alvin Rivers fought and died in the Philippines. He was 17 years old when he joined the Marines. He is buried in the Philippines along side other Marines.

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 31, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Thanks to all who served and Literally saved the world. God Bless the American soldier

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Posted by San Ramon Observer
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

Lanthey looks good for 100 years old. Congratulations on surviving those tough battles and living to this historic old age. Thumbs up and :-) on your birthday!


PS There's an ad for a Sushi restaurant next to this article. Strange how things change.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

He's from the time when America was at it's peak. God bless him and his generation. It's been a long downward slide since the 60's for America.
Go back and watch movies from that era, for example, and you'll catch a glimpse of what it was like and how different we are today.

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Posted by Lajoy Hauser
a resident of Canyon Creek
on May 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I want to thank all of the World War II veterans, some who died in battle and others that survived. Richard D. Hauser did serve his country 4 years 1941-1945 two of those years in China. Richard Hauser passed away December 8, 2010, and was given the 21 gun salute at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

Thank you,
Mrs. Richard Hauser

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