World War II veteran Joe Cuba got two times what he wanted for his 100th birthday.
The retired Air Force staff sergeant told caretakers at his Texas retirement community that he wanted to receive 100 cards to celebrate hitting the century mark on March 2. After staffers posted a photo of the war hero on social media, birthday wishes came pouring in to Cuba's Brookdale Retirement Community home.
Cards and letters numbering into the "thousands" found their way to the birthday boy, according to ABC's "Good Morning America."
"I thank all of you good people for wishing me well. You're all so gracious to remember me," Cuba said in a video message to his well-wishers.
He expressed his gratitude not only for surviving the war, but for being thought of on his landmark birthday. Birthday wishes for Cuba reportedly came from as far as England and Poland. Some of those cards came from fellow veterans who served with Cuba during his two years in the military.
A birthday photo sent to ABC showed Cuba in a sweatshirt that read "It took me 100 years to look this good" and had an illustrated pair of thumbs pointing upward.
Cuba offered a few words of advice for anyone looking to follow in his footsteps.
"Keep a sharp mind," he said. "Just stay happy and do what you like to do -- and stay out of trouble, of course!"
Brookdale Midwestern's executive director told "GMA" the outpouring of support couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
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