Felix Pasteris is a decorated veteran of WWII. His courageous battles against prostate cancer and COVID-19 have earned him recognition from Cleveland Clinic.
CLEVELAND — Felix Pasteris celebrated a very special birthday this year.
He is 100 years old.
Pasteris has been through quite a journey. He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces just three weeks after graduating high school. He served in WWII and received a number of awards, including a Bronze Star Medal and three Presidential Medals during his five years of service.
A simple “thank you” message has offered Pasteris comfort over the years.
“Now that I’ve been around for a few years, it’s really rewarding to me,” said Pasteris. “I was sort of a nobody. I put in my five years, and I went through hell. I just look back and think, ‘well, you did your part. And you’re here.’”
Several challenges have also surfaced over the last few years. Pasteris …