VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
100 YEARS OF LIFE
On November 11, 1919, in Jackson, Mississippi, Alfred Mosley was born on a day that some may say held divine intervention for his future. Mosley was born on Veterans Day and many years later, he enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman. On November 12, 2019, 100 years and one day later, he was honored with a birthday party at the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic in Colorado Springs to celebrate 100 years of life.
Keith Anderson, voluntary services specialist for VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, led the charge after being notified of Mosley’s birthday by his VA dentist. Anderson stated, “It was an honor to be able to recognize his service in WWII and his 100th birthday. To meet him in person made it even more eventful. His personality is infectious. I hope that if I am given longevity as MSgt Mosley has been blessed with, that I can have half his spirit and positivity. His smile said more than any words could describe.”
Mosley, a Buffalo Soldier, served in Italy during World War II in F Company, 92nd Division. According to VA statistics, 16 million Americans served in World War II and in 2019, only 389,292 remain alive. Mosley is one of those Veterans.
He wore a smile during the entire ceremony and was quite literally a breath of fresh air that radiated across the clinic. While his life journey began in Mississippi, he chose to stay in Colorado after being stationed at what was once known as Fort Kit Carson after serving a self-reported, “20 years, 5 months and 6 days in the Army” and obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant.
When asked how it felt to be 100, Mosley replied in playful banter, “I don’t feel like I’m 100 years old. I’m not 100. I’m only 20, I feel good inside.” He lives in his home, surrounded by family. He is a proud father of two, a grandfather of three and a great grandfather of three more.
Not only did Mosley receive a thunderous Happy Birthday tune from the entire Lindstrom Clinic, but also Brandon Pope from Congressman Lamborn’s office presenting him with a framed letter from the Congressman himself which in part stated, “It is a pleasure to offer my warmest congratulations on the occasion of your one hundredth birthday. This day provides a great opportunity for your friends, family and fellow Veterans to celebrate your remarkable life and achievements.”
Patients, families, strangers and friends lined up to shake his hand, wish him well and to thank him for his service. Mosley shined in the spotlight and appeared grateful for everyone taking time to honor him stating, “It is a great, great feeling to see all these people.”
So what do you do when you have 100 years of life and experience staring you in the face, you ask what the trick is and to that Mosley replied, “Number one thing, be a person, stay alive, eat good, sleep good, treat everybody good and be nice and be friendly and be helpful, be helpful and thank god and say amen.”
After living 100 years and counting, Mosley continues to have goals and hopes to keep on making memories through his journey.