His family just found out about the 96-year-old veterans service because he never talked about it because he was instructed to keep quiet about it.
Some things in life are so important, they’re worth waiting for. That’s the case for Pfc. James R. “Boots” Beatty, who finally received the Bronze Star he was awarded in World War II. It’s taken 73 years, but he’s finally gotten the award for his service in an American-Canadian commando unit.
Pfc. Beaty served in the 1st Special Service Force, a unit considered the first commando unit, predecessors of the Army Rangers, Green Berets, and Navy Seals we have today. The 96-year-old got his Bronze Star during a special surprise presentation at his home in Aiken, South Carolina. Beaty was also presented with seven other recognitions and decorations he won, but lost over the years