#VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Gus Cargile, Jr.


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Gus Cargile, Jr.

Gus joined the Marine Corps in 1942. He was commissioned in August 1943.

During his time in the military, he served at several duty stations including Cherry Point, NC; Jacksonville, FL; and many places throughout Texas.

He was released from active duty in October 1946, and went on to join 15th Infantry Reserve Unit. He discharged in 1952.

After the military, worked many jobs, including the “Swap-a-Rama” flee market he opened in 1985 and continues to run today.

Through the years, Gus has traveled the world to more than 70 countries and six continents. He still enjoys traveling and is planning a trip to Thailand this year.

Today, Gus turns 95.

Thank you for your service, Gus, and Happy Birthday!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.