Publisher's note: This post appears here courtesy of the LifeZette, and written by Popzette Staff.
A 96 year-old World War II veteran who wore a mohawk to intimidate the Germans on D-Day decided to bring the hairstyle back to inspire others as we all battle the coronavirus pandemic.
reported that Guy Whidden of Frederick County, Maryland was only 20 years-old when he decided to shave his head into a mohawk while serving as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in 1944. Whidden was the only man in his unit to actually rock the mohawk haircut, but he had to shave it off when his commanding officer told him to.
Though he now regrets not bringing his mohawk into battle, he now is rocking it again in the hopes of bringing people some joy amidst COVID-19.
"A lot of people are going through a lot of problems with the [coronavirus], some of them are frightened, some of them are just concerned, and they're locked in and it gets boring to a certain extent,"
Whidden told The Frederick News Post
. "I just thought this would add a little humor or something to the whole thing."
A viral video shows Whidden's granddaughter Lydia Arshadi grabbing some electric razors and going to work on his head. Within 20 minutes, his mohawk was back!
"I feel like a young buck!'
Whidden said. "It turned out pretty good, except it's gray."
The veteran went on to say that he feels that a positive attitude is partly what has allowed him to live this long, so he knows how powerful a smile can be for others as they battle a deadly pandemic.
"I've always been optimistic all of my life. A smile goes a long ways,"
Whidden said. "So I thought that might create a little interest among my airborne friends, a lot of them who are currently airborne, not just the old timers like myself. I don't think any of them are interested in wearing a mohawk. But I'd like to."
He even compared COVID-19 to World War II, saying he sees similarities between the two.
"Back in our day, World War II was referred to as a national emergency. And this is what we're going through now, a national emergency,"
he said. "This isn't easy for people, and everybody's working together, and that's the good part of it, just like we did back in World War II."
God bless Whidden for taking the time to bring joy to others in such an inspiring way!