EAST BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – A World War II veteran, who recently beat COVID-19, received a special honor Tuesday. East Bridgewater celebrated 95-year-old James Ingargiola for his bravery.
The U.S. Marine and longtime East Bridgewater resident was diagnosed with coronavirus back in February. He was released from the hospital about two weeks ago fully recovered.READ MORE: 'It Looks Like A Dump': Sand Bags Meant To Prevent Erosion Creating Mess On Plum Island
He has overcome many obstacles in his life, as he’s beat not only the coronavirus, but lung cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well.READ MORE: Mayor Janey Promises Change After Scandal Over Retired Boston Police Officer
Ingargiola talked about his mindset when it comes to fighting illness. “You got to fight it. If you have that dreaded disease, fight,” Ingargiola said. “You can live through it. Not everybody’s going to, but it can happen.”MORE NEWS: 'Making Good Progress': Doctors Believe Massachusetts Can Reach Herd Immunity In A Couple Months
During World War II, Ingargiola was aboard a ship where he was able to watch the U.S. flag raising on Iwo Jima.