By Bret Bloomquist
El Paso Times

One look at J. Manuel Corral shows a man who has outrun age.

The Socorro resident, hero and proud naturalized American turned 100 on June 15, 2017, though he looks and sounds like someone in his mid-70s.

Randy McKinney has a good idea of how Corral has made it to the century mark, a reason that overlaps with why 57 years ago McKinney lived to see age 4.

“He’s a remarkable, blessed young man,” McKinney said from his home in Conroe. “He amazes me. I do know there’s a reason he’s lived such a great life. I don’t know all of that reason, but it’s his faith, his belief in God. It’s the way he’s lived.”

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This article was reprinted with permission. It was originally published in the June 16, 2017 edition of the El Paso Times.

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