Local World War 2 veteran turns 98

VICTORIA, Texas — Staff Sergeant Isbell Adolf August Birnbaum served as an Army Medic during World War 2. Serving in both the Pacific and European theaters, he was away from home serving our country for 6 years in total. Usually, they would celebrate his birthday with a big family celebration, however, COVID-19 forced this family to improvise.

On May 20th, his 98th birthday, he was surprised with a plaque from the American Legion and a flag from Warriors Weekend to honor him.

“I was very surprised by all these people, and all the honor they think I deserve. But it’s always a pleasure because I like being around people,” Birnbaum said with a smile.

Even with Warriors Weekend being postponed until October, they decided it was never too early to honor a veteran. The love he felt from all of these people was clear, and emotions were front and center.

“I’d say it went over well. My dad doesn’t get emotional very often but when he does it’s because it touched his heart,” his oldest daughter Cheryl Kroos said, tearing up.

It was a surprise that will not be forgotten by anyone who was lucky enough to be present in honoring one of the Crossroads last World War 2 veterans.