Mobile, AL - Seventy years after the Battle of the Bulge, Andrew J. Cooper, 94, of Gulf Shores, will receive a Bronze Star for his actions in World War II. 

The prestigious award will be pinned on Mr. Cooper during a ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:00pm at American Legion Post 44, 6781 State Highway 59 in Gulf Shores. 

On June 18, 1944, then Staff Sergeant Cooper was recognized for meritorious service in active ground combat with the 90th Infantry Division, 3rd Army at the Battle of La Haye-du-Puits-Mont Castre Forest in Normandy, France. Paperwork for this award was lost for years and only recently found. Cooper served for three years and received a Purple Heart after his participation in D-Day. 

A former banker, Cooper has been active in many civic and veterans groups. A past Chairman and the first Commissioner Emeritus of the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission, he served four years in the Alabama State Legislature, served as State Commander of the American Legion (Alabama), and National Vice-Commander of the American Legion. He also served four years on the Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs. 

Mr. Cooper and his wife, Mary Agnes, moved to Gulf Shores from Troy, Alabama in 1973, becoming President and CEO of the former State Bank of the Gulf, which merged with AmSouth. He retired in 1984.