GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – A 94-year-old World War II veteran finally received due recognition nearly 70 years after fighting in the Allied Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.
Andrew J. Cooper, long-time resident and community activist of Gulf Shores, received the Bronze Star Thursday night, May 22, at the Gulf Shores American Legion Post 44.
“I feel very humbled, undeserving, but proud,” said Cooper Thursday night after he was awarded.
Cooper was supposed to have been awarded the medal decades ago, but his paperwork was lost.
It wasn’t until recently, that the documents were found, and Cooper was given the recognition he deserved.
His wife, children, and friends said he is most deserving of the honor.
“I’m proud of him, very proud,” said his wife, May Agnes Cooper.
“He’s always been an inspiration to me, he’s always given me good advice on all life aspects,” said his son David Cooper, “Anything in my life that I might’ve needed guidance on, he was always there for me.”
But despite the praise, Cooper told FOX10 he is not a hero, but rather he was merely doing his job to serve our country.
“I do not think I’m a hero, I did no heroic acts, I just acted when the time came to act,” he said.
The Bronze Star is the 4th highest individual military award.
Cooper has also been awarded the Purple Heart for his service.