Washington DC VA Medical Center
Turning 100 Years Old
Thursday, June 18, 2020In his home surrounded by jazz music and models of antique cars, WWII Veteran Steward Fields, can astonishingly express details about his military service in Germany as well as quote scriptures word for word.
Mr. Fields, a patient of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Home-Base Primary Care Program, turns 100 years old on June 26. He credits his longevity with his deep faith in God.
The soon-to-be centenarian served in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1944 to 1946 in Supply and Logistics. Afterwards, he married his wife Edna and became a stone mason. He worked in construction and later as an engineer. He lost Edna, whom he describes as his best friend, in 2013. They had no children, but he has a very large family including 32 nieces and nephews and who love him dearly.
His niece and caretaker Diane Mansfield is planning a big "drive by celebration" for her uncle. She says it's been a challenge to plan the party due to COVID-19. "We want to honor him and his longevity with a big celebration, but we have to keep him and everyone safe," Ms. Mansfield said. His many friends and family will drive by to honor him and be sure he has a memorable celebration.
"Uncle Steward always took care of us, whatever we needed, that's why I take care of him now," said Ms. Mansfield. Recollecting her childhood, she and her cousins and siblings loved for Uncle Steward to visit. "Whenever the ice cream truck came by, he would buy treats for everyone. I mean everyone, he'd empty that truck. We loved when he came to visit."
A good man of strong faith, he has always been there for his family and friends. On June 26, they will be there for him to help him celebrate his milestone birthday.