Miami VA Healthcare System
World War II Veterans celebrates 101st Birthday at Miami VA Clinic
When asked how it feels to be celebrating another birthday, Jimmy Giocalone kept it simple. “Oh, I’m just honored to be here today, with my friends and looking forward to seeing everyone next year,” he said right before blowing out the candles on the cake celebrating his 101st birthday.
Giocalone served under General George S. Patton in World War II, drafted into the 116th General Hospital Corps in Nuremberg, Germany. After that, he was a barber to the best jockeys in the world while working at the Aquaduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks in New York.
He came to the U.S. with his parents from Italy when he was 10, living most of his life in New York before moving to South Florida after retiring. Giacalone has been married twice, but has no children.
He has been a patient at the Miami VA Healthcare System for 11 years, receiving most of his care at the Hollywood (formerly in Hallandale Beach) Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
See more photos of Jimmy's birthday party at the Hollywood CBOC at www.facebook.com/vamiami