World War II veteran, 98, dies wearing Army uniform with wife by side

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Justus Belfield, 98, salutes in photo taken by Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center staff on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (Credit: WETN)
Justus Belfield, 98, salutes in photo taken by Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center staff on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (Credit: WETN)

SCOTIA, N.Y. — A day after Veterans Day this week, a 98-year-old veteran of World War II and the Korean War died in a New York nursing center wearing his Army uniform.

Justus Belfield, better known as Jay, spent his last day wearing his uniform while lying in bed next to his wife, Lillian, in her bed at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, WTEN reported.

Belfield was in the Army for 17 years and spoke three languages. He also took part in the Berlin Airlift, dropping food and supplies to the people of west Berlin.

The photo of Belfield in his uniform saluting the camera has been viewed by thousands of people on WTEN’s Facebook page.

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