98-year-old World War II vet survives COVID-19

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The last surviving Chaplain’s Assistant to serve in World War II is back in his home after his battle with COVID-19.

Phil Crenshaw, 98, had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in November. His granddaughter, Diana Rowten, had taken him to the hospital following a few falls. She said he wanted to check for any broken bones.

However, Crenshaw had tested positive for COVID-19. She said this was a surprise.
Rowten said he had walking pneumonia and spent a week in the hospital.

“It’s been worth every step I’ve had to take because I’m grateful for the friends who are helping me,” Crenshaw said.

Rowten said the hardest part about her grandfather having COVID-19 was the lack of communication.

“Just not being able to be with him during that time so the fact that he was alone that was the scary part for us, was not being able to be with him if this was the end, we were just like that was where the fear came in,” Rowten said.

Crenshaw said he had never experienced anything like it before.

“I didn’t think I would because I’ve never been sick. I never spent a day in the hospital,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw is back to playing his piano. He said it was the encouragement of others, as well as his faith, that kept him going.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Crenshaw said, quoting Scripture.

“That’s all he had to hold onto. He didn’t have a familiar face, he didn’t have a family member. He didn’t have a cellphone. He had his faith,” Rowten added.

Crenshaw said just as he has received support from family and his healthcare workers, he is passing that message along to others as well.

“To bring others along the way that I have been, and have seen victory, that they can too,” Crenshaw said.

Mr. Crenshaw was released from the hospital November 30.

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