Montgomery County veteran celebrated as he turns 98

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ST. JOHNSVILLE – A Montgomery County veteran is being celebrated in his hometown as he turns 98.

Joseph Mastracco is one of just two World War II veterans in St. Johnsville who is still alive.

Mastracco was drafted at 18 – just a kid when he left home to serve in the Navy.

He still works as cemetery superintendent.

Mastracco spoke with NewsChannel 13 outside the American Legion, on a bench dedicated to his brother, Henry.

He downplays his birthday, and doesn’t want a fuss. However, he speaks often of his pride in his service, and his respect for the flag.

Hear some of his war stories by watching the video of Kumi Tucker’s story.