Eugene Broome joined the Georgia National Guard in 1940. One year later his unit was activated and Broome found himself fighting in World War II.
"When it comes to fighting a war we come together, we unite, and we have soldiers like Eugene Broom who is prepared to give his life for our country," said Allen Bense
But Broome's military experience was cut short. While serving in New Guinea, Broome contracted malaria and had to be sent stateside. As a result, he never received the medals the rest of his unit did. Now, 60 years later, he's finally being recognized for his service.
Broome was awarded seven different medals including the World War II Victory Medal, the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
The 93-year-old veteran says while he didn't serve his country to win awards, he was thrilled to receive them.
"It makes you feel good, it makes you feel like you've done something for your country," said Eugene Broome.
Broome was also presented with a high school diploma from Bay district school member Jon McFatter. The veteran says he grew up on a farm in Georgia and never found time to finish high school.