A Franklin County World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday in Greenfield Thursday. 

Leyden resident Darwin Hine was honored by his family, friends, and other veterans at the Greenfield Elks Lodge Thursday. 

Hine was the special guest of the “Building Bridges Veterans Initiative” weekly luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Greenfield Elks Lodge.

He served in the U.S Army in World War II, as a paratrooper in the early 1940s.

Hine shared his memories at the luncheon of all the battles he fought in in the Pacific. “I jumped in a crater and my buddy Bucky was there,” he said. “And I said ‘Bucky they are trying to kill us’ and he said ‘Oh you noticed?'”

Hine told 22News his friend Bucky was killed overseas, and is the reason why he is still alive. Hine was a member of the National Guard in Greenfield before he was enlisted in the U.S. Army. 

He will turn 100 this Saturday.