Bay pensioner gets Russian medal for courage
AN old soldier has been presented with a bravery medal by Russia close to 70 years after the end of World War 2 – and the honour was bestowed on him in a Port Elizabeth suburb.
James (Jim) Cooper, 93, was paid a personal visit by Russian consul-general to South Africa Vyacheslav Levin at his home in Lorraine to be presented with the Ushakov Medal.
The awarding of the honour was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Cooper, who was a British Royal Marine, served on HMS Norfolk with up to 1 000 other seamen for more than three years.
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