Brewster, NY – The year that Joseph Adamo was born marked the end of the First World War, the birth of Nelson Mandela, and the death of Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar.

Joseph was born May 28, 1918, and recently celebrated his 100th birthday at his home with a cast of well-wishers and admirers, including Senator Terrence Murphy.

“Living to be 100 years old is a milestone all by itself. Living for a century in a positive, productive manner the way that Mr. Adamo has is truly remarkable,” said Senator Murphy. “Joseph survived three months of one of the bloodiest battles in the Second World War, then came home, raised a family, and ran a successful business. He’s seen Presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Donald Trump, and lived in an era before jets, television, or even sliced bread was invented. By caring for others and leading a good life, Joseph’s lived the American Dream.”

Joseph served his country during World War II as an Army Private. He was stationed in the Peleliu Islands, site of one of the hardest fought battles of the war. Joseph was discharged on December 5, 1945.

Following the war, Joseph owned and operated a successful gas station in the Bronx. Joseph and his wife, Rose, moved to Brewster in 2009. The couple has four children-Frankie, Bobby, Michael, and Judy. They also have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Aside from members of his loving family, many elected officials were on hand to wish Joseph a happy birthday, including Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Joseph Castellano, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, and Putnam County Legislator Paul Jonke.