Charles Rodaway, age 18. See Ross Parry story RPYOBIT; A decorated war hero is celebrating his 100th birthday – despite being announced DEAD 70 years ago. Charles Rodaway cheated death when he was captured by Japanese troops 1942 and a firing squad was called back from shooting him. But a local newspaper published that he HAD died in an obituary following the announcement from official Army reports. War veteran Charles gave his mourning family a shock after he failed to return with other troops.