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97-year-old WWII veteran dancing to Justin Timberlake during quarantine goes viral

A 97-year-old US Navy veteran isn't letting the coronavirus lockdown stop him from sharing his love of dancing with the world - quite the opposite in fact. 

Chuck Franzke, from Wisconsin, has managed to spread joy to millions with his smooth moves, after a video of him boogying to Justin Timberlake's upbeat hit Can't Stop the Feeling outside of his home. 

The socially distanced dance has earned millions of views online - and Chuck has even received a shoutout from Justin himself, who happily commented on Instagram that the video had 'made his day'.  

Busting a move! 97-year-old WWII veteran Chuck Franzke has gone viral after a video of him dancing outside his home to Justin Timberlake was posted on Twitter 

Sharing his talents: In the clip, which has earned 1.1 million views online, the Wisconsin resident is seen boogying along to Justin's beloved hit Can't Stop the Feeling 

In the clip, which was filmed outside of the Waukesha home Chuck shares with his wife Beverly, sees Chuck strutting out of the front door while proudly wearing a US Navy cap, a blue polo shirt, jeans, and a pair of compression socks. 

He then proceeds to start bopping back and forth to the funky beat of the music, swinging his arms in time with the rhythm, and even kicking his feet from side to side as the dance continues. 

At the end of one version of the video, Chuck even salutes his audience at the end of the dance by removing his hat and waving it to those watching. 

What was no doubt unknown to him at the time was just how many people would get the chance to enjoy his delightful dance after it was posted on social media, where it earned more than 1.1 million views and a slew of positive feedback from overjoyed viewers. 

The video was first tweeted by the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight account, which has previously featured clips of Chuck dancing around in his home at Christmastime.    

He's a star: Chuck served as a navy pilot in World War II, and proudly wore his US Navy cap during his dance

Greatest fan: The dance was done outside the home he shares with Beverly, his wife of more than 80 years 

Salute! At the end of the clip, Chuck removes his cap and waves it at his fans 

The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is an organization that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the war memorials, and is a group that Chuck has been involved in for several years. 

'97 yr old dancing #WWII #Navy pilot Chuck is back!' the caption read. 'Quarantine “Can’t Stop the Feeling”... #honorflight #Everydayisabonus' 

Once posted, the video began gaining traction quickly, with dozens of Twitter users re-sharing it - while many others replied to the clip to praise Chuck and his positive attitude. 

'Thank you for your service, sir! Nice moves!' one person wrote, as another chimed in: 'Thank you for your service #Navy Pilot Chuck, you’ve still got it!'

One viewer commented on the infectious joy that is evident in the clip, writing: 'Sound up and I dare you not to smile.' 

Others remarked on Chuck's incredibly positive attitude even in such a dark and worrisome time, with one praising him as a 'warrior'.  

History: According to his wife Beverly, Chuck, pictured during the war, has 'always been a pretty good dancer'

Love: Chuck revealed that he used to enjoy doing the jitterbug, but now likes to stick to moves that require a bit less balance

'This is what warriors do.....they never quit....they never die,' the comment read. 'Just keep on dancing!!' 

But while this clip is arguably his most popular, Chuck's new video is not the first time that his dance moves have gone viral. 

In December 2017, he took the world by storm when Beverly, his wife of more than 80 years, filmed him busting some moves to Jingle Bells. 

Then, the following year, he went viral yet again when Beverly captured video of him 'flossing' to another Christmas hit - this time the much-loved Let It Snow. 

And according to Beverly, Chuck has always been something of a brilliant mover. 

'He always was a pretty good dancer,' she told CBS58 in December 2018, while her husband revealed that their shared love of music is one of the things that brought them together all those years ago. 

'We were big band fans,' he said. 'I used to jitterbug when I was young. I can’t jitterbug today. My balance isn’t good. But I just like music and I like her too.'

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