Thank you, brave comrade

COURAGE RECOGNISED: Former Royal Marine Jim Cooper – who went to war at the age of 19 and is now 93 – holds the Ushakov Medal presented to him at his home in Port Elizabeth for ‘personal courage and bravery shown’ on the notorious Arctic convoy route during World War 2
COURAGE RECOGNISED: Former Royal Marine Jim Cooper – who went to war at the age of 19 and is now 93 – holds the Ushakov Medal presented to him at his home in Port Elizabeth for ‘personal courage and bravery shown’ on the notorious Arctic convoy route during World War 2

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.

-Devon Koen 

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