Arlington

World War II veteran is 102 years old, and he’s still cutting a rug on the dance floor

The Eunice Activity Center in Arlington was crowded on a recent Friday night when dozens of people came to celebrate Dan McGrew’s 102nd birthday.

“He has quite a history, and we wanted to honor him,” said Thelma Smith, an organizer of the senior dances that take place twice a week at the center.

McGrew is usually in attendance at the dances.

He has had an eventful life. In 1938 he went to California to work on a fire suppression team as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew combat missions over Germany as a B-24 flight engineer and gunner.

Despite his age, McGrew is still able to get on the dance floor.

“I used to go to maybe five dances a week,” he said. “Due to my leg problem, maybe two dances a week.”

Amanda McCoy is a visual journalist that produces daily and documentary videos. Before moving to Fort Worth in 2018, she spent 11 years telling the stories of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including the recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. She is a native of Michigan and graduate of Michigan State University.
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