Overdue honor: Ohio WWII veteran awarded Purple Heart ahead of 96th birthday
HILLSBORO, Ohio (WKRC) - An Army veteran from the Tri-State finally got the recognition he deserves just before his 96th birthday.
Retired Lt. Col. Harry Shoop of Allensburg was awarded several military awards in Hillsboro Monday night.
Shoop was shot in the hand in the Philippines during World War II. He went on to serve in the Ohio National Guard while working as a civilian at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, an Army reservist, presented him with a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a World War II Service Award. The honor was a long time coming for Shoop and his family.
"We've tried several times over the last few years to get the paperwork corrected for Dad so he could get the awards that he's earned because of the way he left World War II; leaving the hospital, the paperwork never caught up. He was injured in the jungle. You don't stop and fill out paperwork," says Shoop's daughter Patty Kendrick.
Kendrick got a thrill out of seeing her dad beaming on stage at Southern State Community College in front of an auditorium full of friends and family. The crowd lined the hallway after the ceremony and gave Shoop a hero's welcome as he walked to a reception held in his honor.
Shoop has written a book about his experiences during the war and regularly speaks to students. He has two children, four grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.