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Giles Becker, 92, plays cribbage Wednesday during an outing to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332 in Bennington. A resident of the Vermont Veterans Home for nearly two decades, Becker was once a regular at the VFW, playing cards with friends daily. Becker was born and raised in Windsor and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, taking part in the invasion of Normandy. (Peter Crabtree)
Giles Becker, 92, plays cribbage Wednesday during an outing to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332 in Bennington. A resident of the Vermont Veterans Home
Giles Becker, 92, plays cribbage Wednesday during an outing to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332 in Bennington. A resident of the Vermont Veterans Home for nearly two decades, Becker was once a regular at the VFW, playing cards with friends daily. Becker was born and raised in Windsor and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, taking part in the invasion of Normandy. (Peter Crabtree)
Thursday July 11, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Giles Becker is a decorated World War Two veteran who has been living at the Bennington Veterans' Home for the past 20 years.

During his time at the home, he volunteered frequently in the activities room on Sundays and loved to walk down to the nearby VFW to play cribbage.

Becker is now one of the last surviving WWll veterans in Bennington.

For the past year, Becker has been ill, bedridden, and unable to visit his friends at his beloved VFW.

Over the past couple of weeks, Becker has been asking nurses if he might be able to make a trip down the road for some cribbage and beer, and yesterday, he got his wish.

Accompanied by a vets' home employee, Becker spent about two hours at the VFW, drinking his favorite beer, noshing on some goulash and beating his friends at numerous games of cribbage.

Becker, quick to joke and still, at 92 years of age, sharp as a tack, was clearly in his element, his bright blue eyes smiling as he seamlessly and flawlessly tallied points in his head.

In his heyday, Becker was in fact a state champion cribbage player. Yesterday, however, he was just happy to be sitting in his old table by the window with some good friends, playing the game he loves.


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