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WWII veteran who went viral for being carried to his seat at Trump rally in Phoenix dies

Ervin Julian died on July 30, his family told 12 News. He died of old age and was at home with family. His funeral service is planned for Oct. 26.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: Ervin Julian died on July 30, his family told 12 News. He died of old age and was at home with family. His funeral service is planned for Oct. 26. 

A 100-year-old World War II veteran has gone viral thanks to the kindness of others at President Donald Trump’s "Keep America Great" rally Wednesday night.

The two men saw Navy veteran Ervin Julian struggling to get to his seat Wednesday night. They picked him up and carried him there. 

Various cell phone videos of the act have been viewed millions of times. 

Donald Trump Jr. handed the men and Julian hats and challenge coins on behalf of the President. 

Julian’s son, Steven, said Thursday that he still can’t believe what he saw.

“He didn’t just say my father was there; he honored my father,” Steven Julian said. 

Steven Julian said he was already planning to support the president in the 2020 election, but now he plans to organize for Trump to show his gratitude. 

“I’m going to knock doors,” Steven Julian said.

Julian was a World War II Navy veteran who moved to Arizona in 1958. He was born in Waltham, Massachusetts and was married to his wife for 71 years.

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