WWII Buffalo Soldier Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

Amanda Cooper
February 05, 2020 - 2:13 pm

A local living legend recently celebrated his 100th birthday in southwest Atlanta. 

William T. Robie celebrates his 100th birthday at McDonalds-2
(Photo Credit: Amanda Cooper/RADIO.COM)

William T. Robie celebrates his 100th birthday-3
(Photo Credit: Amanda Cooper/RADIO.COM)

Mr. William T. Robie beamed with joy as he sat inside the McDonalds on Cascade Road, surrounded by loving family and longtime friends. The large dropped by to celebrate and honor Robie, who was a buffalo soldier in the World War II 92nd Black Buffalo division in Italy from 1944 to 1945. 

William T. Robie celebrates his 100th birthday-8
(Photo Credit: Amanda Cooper/RADIO.COM)

William T. Robie celebrates his 100th birthday-5
(Photo Credit: Amanda Cooper/RADIO.COM)

William T. Robie celebrates his 100th birthday-9
(Photo Credit: Amanda Cooper/RADIO.COM)

Some may think that McDonald's is not the ideal location for a milestone, like a 100th birthday party. However, it is perfect for Mr. Robie as he and a group of men have been meeting at the local restaurant every day for the past 20 years. They call themselves "The Breakfast Club," and they sit for hours and enjoy coffee and conversation every day. Georgia Felton, Senior Director of Operations for the location, says the group adds value to the community.

William T. Robie celebrates his 100th birthday-6
(Photo Credit: Amanda Cooper/RADIO.COM)

Mr. Robie's legacy extends beyond the military. He has been involved in the community, politics, civil rights, and real estate organizations in Atlanta for 75 years.