Second world WAR vet dances to celebrate Christmas and his 95th birthday

Veteran Chuck Franzke’s festive dance videos gone viral.

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Wwii veteran Chuck Franzke is there again.

In a video that went viral just prior to his 94th birthday last year, Franzke was seen dancing to Burl Ives’ rendition of the classic “Holly Jolly Christmas.” This year, the former Marine pilot is turning a year older and is dancing again — this time by Frank Sinatra’s version of “Jingle Bells.”

Franzke officially turns 95 on Dec. 22.

“I found it fun to do, the Jitterbug back in the’ 40s, but I haven’t a lot of dancing since. I love to move to music, it’s almost like I’m still young, but then look in the mirror and I ain’t,” the Waukesha, Wis. resident told Fox News Friday.

Wisconsin #WWII #Navy pilot Chuck on his dancing shoes in the spirit of the holiday…on the eve of his 95th birthday. Happy holidays to you all! #honorflight

— Honor Flight CREATE (@SSHonorFlight) December 15, 2017

When asked how he feels about turning 95, Franzke joked that it was “better than the alternative.”

Franzke served as a U. S. Navy pilot from 1943-1945. He flew Avenger torpedo bombers from the USS Saginaw Bay in the Pacific Theater, ” he said.

Now, he spends a great part of the time volunteering for the Honor Flight, an organization that flies world WAR ii, the Korean War and Vietnam war veterans to their memorials in Washington, D. C., at no cost to them.

More specifically, Franzke said he serves as an Honor Flight “ambassador” to travel to different schools throughout the state to tell his story and collect money for the organization.

Franzke, who is seen wearing a red Honor Flight “Got Freedom?” T-shirt in the video, said his favorite Honor Flight T-shirt has the saying “every day is a bonus” on the back is a quote attributed to Joe Denler, a Holocaust survivor and friend of Franzke that he met through the organization.

Chuck Franzke and his wife, Bev.

(Stars and Stripes Honor Flight)

Apart from volunteering, and he and his wife of almost 80 years, Bev, enjoy walks in a lake a few miles from their house and a visit to a local coffee shop. And, in addition to the gym four days a week and driving in the city,” Franzke said he always “busy around the house,” adding that he had just finished the washing up before taking yet another phone call about his holiday-inspired dance.

Franzke said that some of his favorite memories involve his wife — excitement of their first date in 1939 and asked her to marry him on christmas Eve 1944.

“I decided that I was going to marry her on the first date I ever took her on,” he said, adding that the two started “going steady” during his last year of high school, and Bev’s junior year.

“It’s been 79 years and I still love her,” he said. The couple has two children, a son and a daughter, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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