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101-year-old World War II veteran becomes viral Tik-Tok sensation for his role in D-Day invasion

MINNEAPOLIS — A 101-year-old soldier helped win World War II, but recently he started sharing his talents online.

Especially Tik Tok.

Meet dad Jake Larson.

“I'm 101, almost 102,” Larson said. “Damn, I'm the luckiest man in the world. Look at me, sitting here. Think about it. I'm walking history.”

Larson is always funny, wise and to the point.

He describes himself as a farm boy from rural Minnesota who grew up without electricity or running water during the Great Depression. He lied about his age so he could join the National Guard at 15, and a few years later he threw himself into World War II.

“I never thought I would go to war,” Larson said.

Not only was Larson sent to France, he was also involved in planning the D-Day invasion. He learned to type in high school and knew as much about typewriters as he did about guns.

“It changed my life,” Larson said. “It took me to the top.”

When military leaders like Eisenhower and Bradley began preparing for D-Day, it was Larson who helped write their plans.

Every person who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day passed through these fingers. These fingers I'm showing you are typing her name,” Larson said.

This also meant entering your own name.

“It was hell,” Larson recalled. “The entire beach below us was covered with over a million landmines.”

From planning to combat, he was the first man off the command boat and was responsible for organizing the soldiers on Omaha Beach. At 101, he has outlived many of the men who fought with him that day.

“I feel like an ambassador for these guys who gave their lives,” Larson said.

Larson delivers this message through a platform unknown to most centenarians… all thanks to his granddaughter.

“She came home and said, 'Daddy, I'm going to take you on TikTok with me.' What the hell is TikTok?” Larson joked.

Within a week, he had more than 10,000 followers. This way, he was able to connect the best generation with the youngest generation. They post about sporting events, but also about ceremonies where they celebrate veterans and not athletes.

Earlier this week, Larson returned to Normandy. These beaches are where the D-Day invasion, which he helped plan, took place. And there's a reason why Larson wants to keep coming back here despite his age.

“I'm coming back to honor their souls. They're my friends. They're up there right now,” Larson said. “They're up there. Waiting for me.”

In France, Larson felt the love. People of all ages know him and come from all over the world just to be close to this hero.

“They treat me like a celebrity and I'm just a farm boy from Hope, Minnesota. It's crazy. It's just crazy,” Larson said.

He hopes that this will not be his last trip to Normandybecause his mission now is to ensure that the fallen are not forgotten.

“I've experienced all this myself. I'm like a history book. There's nothing I can do about it,” Larson said.

Larson is not only a TikTok star but also an author. He wrote a book called “The Happiest Man Alive.”