MILBURN, Okla. (KTEN) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said there were more than 240,000 World War II veterans still alive in the United States as of 2021.

One of them celebrated his 95th birthday Saturday surrounded by friends and family at a party he was not expecting.

"I'm really surprised," he said. "They kept it from me and I didn't know anything about it until I got here."

As a part of hitting the age milestone, Chief Troy Miller of the U.S. Army made an appearance to recognize Branch.

"His service in World War II, it's impeccable," Chief Miller said. "He's a fellow brother, and we always want to remember our brothers."

Branch served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1945-49 where he spent three years on Bermuda Island in the western north Atlantic.

After the war,  Branch took on a job and hobbies he still enjoys doing today.

"Well, I enjoy working, and I'm going to continue working as long as I'm able," Branch said. "I've run the bulldozer for about 54 years. It's a pleasure."

Branch is the oldest of ten siblings in his family. Through all of his life experiences, he has advice for the next generation of American's looking to get started in life.

"I advise people to go ahead and get a good education and do the best you can."