BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) – A veteran at Battle Creek not only achieved an amazing milestone Thursday, he also celebrated it by going back to what he did decades ago.
Retired Col. Robert “Bob” Munie served in the US Army in the European theater during World War II, then re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1953. He experienced everything, even up to his 100th birthday.
He told retired Air Force Colonel Frank J. Walker that his wish for his special day was simply to return to service.
“That just tells you what a patriot he is,” Walker said.
Not only was he granted it, but he received a warm greeting from family and military members outside his home at Lakeview Assisted Living in Battle Creek. Walker said Munie did more than just serve under two military branches.
“He worked at the Department of Defense for 49 years,” Walker said. “Every time I came here (to Lakeview Assisted Living), he wore a WWII hat. (He is) proud of his ministry. So what else can we do?”
First off, Munie was sung to “Happy Birthday” and his grandson, who currently serves in the Army National Guard, helped him don a custom-made Air Force uniform.
Michigan’s newest centenarian was also granted his special wish.
Munie received an order from the Michigan Active-Duty General, the senior officer in the state of Michigan, making him an active honorary member “in good standing” of the Michigan National Guard for the day. In addition to being reinstated, he was promoted higher than his previous rank of colonel.
“Do you know that I hereby appoint you as Engineering Sergeant in the Michigan Air National Guard effective October 6, 2022 as an expression of the special confidence and confidence, patriotism, courage, loyalty and skills of Robert Francis Munie” , says the proclamation from the Michigan Active-Duty General’s Office.
The ceremony included many presentations as well as a Key to the City of Battle Creek by Mark Behnke and a special two-plane flyover by the Hooligan Flight Team. Munie also received many gifts, including a monthly salary in 1953—representing the year he reenlisted in the Air Force—that totaled just over $130.
“That’s small compared to all the accomplishments he’s made,” Walker said. “So it’s my privilege and our privilege to make his dream come true.”
Munie was given a few “tasks” by Walker. One of them is that Munie has to wear uniform whenever Walker visits her.
When asked what he liked best about the surprise, Munie said four simple words: “It was all good.”
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