Canada At 97, a WWII veteran finally receives medals he didn’t know he earned over 70 years ago

08:50  17 april  2018
08:50  17 april  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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A World War II veteran is finally getting the recognition he deserves, seven decades after he served his country. “When Michael came back home, unbeknownst to him he had actually earned a couple of medals ,” Capt. Mark Adams of the Air Force Reserve said.

It’s been more than 70 years since Michael Springford served his country. Springford volunteered for the navy in 1939 and served five years on the waters of the North Atlantic. “When Michael came back home, unbeknownst to him he had actually earned a couple of medals ,” Capt.

Honours for WWII veteran Michael Springford, who didn't even know he'd earned them.© Global News Honours for WWII veteran Michael Springford, who didn't even know he'd earned them.

It's been more than 70 years since Michael Springford served his country.

Springford volunteered for the navy in 1939 and served five years on the waters of the North Atlantic.

"When Michael came back home, unbeknownst to him he had actually earned a couple of medals," Capt. Mark Adams of the Air Force Reserve said.

Adams said it wasn't unusual for Second World War veterans to be unaware of honours they received.

After the war, many vets moved around and were difficult to track down.

Many veterans, like Springford, also didn't talk much about their time overseas once they returned home.

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Volunteers at East Vancouver's Veterans Memorial Manor, where Springford now lives, worked with Veterans Affairs to see if he was eligible for any honours.

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They learned that Springford, who turns 98 years old next month, was entitled to two medals.

One of the medals recognize that he volunteered to serve during the war.

Veterans Affairs took just three months to process a request for them. Given his age, Springford was pushed to the top of the list.

Springford was awarded the medals at Veterans Memorial Manor on Monday.

He was not up to attend the ceremony, but family members accepted the honours on his behalf.

"It means a lot to us as Canadians to recognize those people, even if they're too humble to want it," Adams said.

With or without his medals, Springford served his country with pride.

Now, 73 years later, Canadians can say thank you.

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