Local WWII veteran turns 106

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A military veteran got a very special birthday celebration on Wednesday. David Bussey turned 106-years-old.

At 106-years old, Navy veteran David Bussey has lived through two pandemics and survived World War II. “I was aboard the USS Langley when it was sunk and it was the first ship sunk and I was aboard it. A lot of my shipmates went down on the Langley,” Bussey says.

On his 106th birthday, he received a socially distant celebration fit for a hero. “I’d like to give this to you thank you for your service thank you very much,” says Veterans Affair Medical Director Andrew Welch. “Thank you for your service and your sacrifice to our state and our county,” says Judy Griego, Cabinet Secretary for Veteran Affairs Department.

He was surprised with gifts from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a parade by family, friends and local first responders. “All I can say right now is that I have been very blessed, I have so many friends here at Paloma Landing and I just feel like I have been a very fortunate man,” Bussey says.

While he’s thankful for the outpouring of love today at 106 he’s still thinking of other first. “I do appreciate anything anybody does for me I appreciate it so much and I try to help anyone else that I can any way that I can,” Bussey says.

After leaving the Navy, Bussey went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1972.


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