Ernest J. Porter Sr. celebrates 100th birthday


Sgt. Ernest J. Porter Sr. celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

He was born in Sumter and currently resides at Sumter East Health and Rehabilitation Center. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II and in Okinawa.

Sgt. Porter's family includes: sons, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ernest J. Porter Jr. and U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Reo E. Porter; grandson, U.S. Air Force Capt. Gregory B. Porter; granddaughter, U.S. Army Capt. Lisa Porter; and brothers, Lt. Col. Marion T. Porter and Sgt. Lafayette Porter.

Collectively, the Porters have served 122 years of active service in defense of the United States.