WWII veteran & # 39; Harmonica Pete & # 39 ;, 96, anesthetizes football fans with his rendition of the national anthem

World War II veteran Peter DuPré played the national anthem on his harmonica to start a football game on Sunday between the US Women's National Team and Mexico.

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& # 39; Harmonica Pete & # 39; as he is called, the crowd of about 27,000 people wowed at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and ESPN capture the moment on the camera.

About 16 million people served in the army during the Second World War, according to CNNand Technician Fifth Grade DuPré was one of them.

At the age of 18, DuPré, now 96, enlisted in the army to serve as a hospik at the 114th General Hospital Unit in Kidderminster, England.

DuPré served abroad for three years during the service. During that time he treated wounded soldiers from all parts of Europe.

On Sunday, he celebrated his time with the army by acting for the cheers of the huge crowd the day before Memorial Day.

He was helped on the field in a wheelchair and gave an enthusiastic thumb to his admiring fans.

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World War II veteran Peter DuPré, 96 years old, played the national anthem on his harmonica to start a football game on Sunday between the American Women & # 39; s National Team and Mexico. At the age of 18, DuPré joined the military (shown around that time in uniform in uniform) to serve as a doctor at the 114th General Hospital Unit in Kidderminster, England

World War II veteran Peter DuPré, 96 years old, played the national anthem on his harmonica to start a football game on Sunday between the US Women's National Team and Mexico. At the age of 18, DuPré joined the military (shown around that time in uniform in uniform) to serve as a doctor at the 114th General Hospital Unit in Kidderminster, England

& # 39; Harmonica Pete & # 39; as he is called, a crowd of about 27,000 people wowed with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Sunday

& # 39; Harmonica Pete & # 39; as he is called, a crowd of about 27,000 people wowed with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Sunday

& # 39; Harmonica Pete & # 39; as he is called, a crowd of about 27,000 people wowed with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Sunday

Once he got to his mark, DuPré stood at the microphone to play the song that everyone was waiting for to start the game. DuPré proudly wore his World War II veteran hat with a fresh, white Nike sweater with the Team USA logo

Once he got to his mark, DuPré stood at the microphone to play the song that everyone was waiting for to start the game. DuPré proudly wore his World War II veteran hat with a fresh, white Nike sweater with the Team USA logo

Once he got to his mark, DuPré stood at the microphone to play the song that everyone was waiting for to start the game. DuPré proudly wore his World War II veteran hat with a fresh, white Nike sweater with the Team USA logo

Once he got to his mark, DuPré stood at the microphone to play the song that everyone was waiting for to start the game.

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DuPré proudly wore his World War II veteran hat with a fresh, white Nike sweater with the Team USA logo.

Members of both teams stood in a line behind DuPré as he claimed the attention of the entire arena.

At the end of his performance, he waved his cap at the people in the stands, with a slight smile on his face.

Members of both teams stood in a line behind DuPré as he claimed the attention of the entire arena

Members of both teams stood in a line behind DuPré as he claimed the attention of the entire arena

Members of both teams stood in a line behind DuPré as he claimed the attention of the entire arena

At the end of his show, DuPré waved his cap at the people in the stands, with a slight smile on his face
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At the end of his show, DuPré waved his cap at the people in the stands, with a slight smile on his face

DuPré is shown after playing the Star Spangled Banner on his harmonica on Sunday in New Jersey, a day before Memorial Day

DuPré is shown after playing the Star Spangled Banner on his harmonica on Sunday in New Jersey, a day before Memorial Day

At the end of his show, DuPré waved his cap at the people in the stands, with a slight smile on his face

Those present on Sunday appreciated DuPré as much as fans on social media, who shared their admiration and respect for the army doctor.

The US Women & # 39; s National Team shared the video from ESPN and wrote: & # 39; We love Pete so much & & # 39;

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The account for Team SheIs, an organization supporting women's sports, wrote: & # 39; One of the best renditions and overall live anthem experiences ever. Nearly 27,000 people heard singing alongside his game with the image of the flag across the field – it was really special. Beautifully done. & # 39;

A user identified as JC Hernandez wrote: & # 39; Greatest Generation lives and sparkles! Inspiring on so many levels! Thank you Pete and your brothers and sisters for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation (emoji & # 39; s from the American flag)! & # 39;

Those present on Sunday appreciated DuPré as much as fans on social media, who shared their admiration and respect for the army doctor. The US Women & # 39; s National Team shared the ESPN video and wrote: & # 39; We love Pete so much & # 39;

Those present on Sunday appreciated DuPré as much as fans on social media, who shared their admiration and respect for the army doctor. The US Women & # 39; s National Team shared the ESPN video and wrote: & # 39; We love Pete so much & # 39;

Those present on Sunday appreciated DuPré as much as fans on social media, who shared their admiration and respect for the army doctor. The US Women & # 39; s National Team shared the ESPN video and wrote: & # 39; We love Pete so much & # 39;

The account for Team SheIs, an organization supporting women's sports, wrote: & # 39; One of the best renditions and overall live anthem experiences ever. Nearly 27,000 people hear singing alongside his game with the image of the flag covering the entire field -

The account for Team SheIs, an organization supporting women's sports, wrote: & # 39; One of the best renditions and overall live anthem experiences ever. Nearly 27,000 people hear singing alongside his game with the image of the flag covering the entire field -

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The account for Team SheIs, an organization supporting women's sports, wrote: & # 39; One of the best renditions and overall live anthem experiences ever. Nearly 27,000 people heard singing alongside his game with the image of the flag across the field – it was really special. Beautifully done & # 39;

A user identified as JC Hernandez wrote: & # 39; Greatest Generation lives and sparkles! Inspiring on so many levels! Thank you Pete and your brothers and sisters for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation (emoji & # 39; s from the American flag)! & # 39;

A user identified as JC Hernandez wrote: & # 39; Greatest Generation lives and sparkles! Inspiring on so many levels! Thank you Pete and your brothers and sisters for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation (emoji & # 39; s from the American flag)! & # 39;

A user identified as JC Hernandez wrote: & # 39; Greatest Generation lives and sparkles! Inspiring on so many levels! Thank you Pete and your brothers and sisters for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation (emoji & # 39; s from the American flag)! & # 39;

When DuPré was just 17 years old, his parents had already died, allowing him to lead a family of five. Within a year, DuPré had joined the army, while his sister had joined as a nurse, one brother had joined the army aviation and one had joined the navy.

The US entered World War II when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

At the age of 20, DuPré was in the middle and treated members of the service wounded while the Allies were pushed across Europe, & # 39; including the heavily wounded during the Battle of the Ardennes and the outbreak in Germany & # 39 ;, according to his biography about The Greatest Generations Foundation website.

The US entered World War II when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. At the age of 20, DuPré was in the middle of it, while members of the service were wounded while the Allies traveled throughout Europe, including those injured during the Battle of the Ardennes. This file photo shows members of the 1st American army guarding German prisoners, captured during the winter fights in the Ardennes forest offensive known as the Battle of the Ardennes

The US entered World War II when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. At the age of 20, DuPré was in the middle of it, while members of the service were wounded while the Allies traveled throughout Europe, including those injured during the Battle of the Ardennes. This file photo shows members of the 1st American army guarding German prisoners, captured during the winter fights in the Ardennes forest offensive known as the Battle of the Ardennes

The US entered World War II when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. At the age of 20, DuPré was in the middle of it, while members of the service were wounded while the Allies traveled throughout Europe, including those injured during the Battle of the Ardennes. This file photo shows members of the 1st American army guarding German prisoners, captured during the winter fights in the Ardennes forest offensive known as the Battle of the Ardennes

& # 39; I was just 20 years old when I served as a doctor & # 39 ;, said DuPré at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes in Normandy in December 2014. & # 39; say (to the people in the battle line), you took the bullets, we took them out of you. & # 39; This file photo shows vehicles and infantry of the first US army on the road during the winter fighting in the Ardennes forest conflict known as the Battle of the Ardennes

& # 39; I was just 20 years old when I served as a doctor & # 39 ;, said DuPré at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes in Normandy in December 2014. & # 39; say (to the people in the battle line), you took the bullets, we took them out of you. & # 39; This file photo shows vehicles and infantry of the first US army on the road during the winter fighting in the Ardennes forest conflict known as the Battle of the Ardennes

& # 39; I was just 20 years old when I served as a doctor & # 39 ;, said DuPré at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes in Normandy in December 2014. & # 39; say (to the people in the battle line), you took the bullets, we took them out of you. & # 39; This file photo shows vehicles and infantry of the first US army on the road during the winter fighting in the Ardennes forest conflict known as the Battle of the Ardennes

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& # 39; I was only 20 years old when I was serving as a landlady & # 39 ;, DuPré said during an event in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes in Normandy in December 2014.

& # 39; We always said (to the people in the battle lines), you took the bullets, we took them out of you. & # 39;

The US lost 416,800 members of the service in World War II, according to data published by the National WW2 museum in New Orleans. Civil and military deaths together amounted to approximately 418,500 deaths.

Before DuPré moved in, he took a three-day pass to get married, and when he got home, he and his wife of more than 70 years raised five children themselves.

The Second World War ended with the surrender of the Japanese on 2 September 1945.

The US lost 416,800 service personnel in World War II, of 16 million serving. The US entered World War II on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the war ended with the surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. DuPré is screened Sunday at the Red Bull Arena
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The US lost 416,800 service personnel in World War II, of 16 million serving. The US entered World War II on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the war ended with the surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. DuPré is screened Sunday at the Red Bull Arena

The US lost 416,800 service personnel in World War II, of 16 million serving. The US entered World War II on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the war ended with the surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. DuPré is screened Sunday at the Red Bull Arena

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