Joe Bell: Spontaneous San Jose's 408K tribute to WWII vet goes viral (VIDEO)

A war veteran cheering on runners racing past his house found himself the one getting praise and attention.

World War II veteran, Joe Bell, 95, dressed in full uniform to greet participants in San Jose's 408K race March 2.

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The 8-kilometer run benefited the Pat Tillman Foundation. Tillman, a San Jose native, was a former NFL player who joined the Army after 9/11 and later killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

While Bell watched the race, one of the runners veered over to shake his hand and thank him for his service.

Soon, several racers followed suit.

The touching tribute turned into a viral video and was featured on NBC’s "Today" and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”.

The Pat Tillman Foundation funds scholarships for military members.

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