HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Major Wooten served in the US Army for several years abroad. He built railroads and worked on rail cars in Paris in the 1940′s.
“I did what I was asked to do, and I wanted to get out as quick as I could,” Wooten said.
He continued saying, “I think everybody had that in mind. It was great, and I enjoyed it. I’ve been in combat zones, but never in combat.”
Wooten says he missed the bomb raiding on Paris by a few days.
Family says Wooten never really liked to talk about his time in the military.
“He really didn’t talk about it, and that’s what I get from a lot of the veterans I’m meeting,” granddaughter Holly McDonald said.
McDonald said, Wooten just started discussing his experiences after he got involved with a group called ‘Forever Young Senior Veterans’. Ever since he joined the group, she says, he talks to people about it all the time.
“There’s actually a gentleman here he met this week at Sam’s, that insisted to help him out to his car, so he invited him. And the gentleman actually called and said I’d definitely love to come,” McDonald said.
Wooten turned 102-years-old Monday, and on Saturday, his friends and family threw him the birthday party of a lifetime. Wooten says he’s overwhelmed with the amount of people who came Saturday, and he’s so happy with everyone celebrating this milestone.
McDonald, Wooten’s granddaughter, said Wooten is a gift to all of them. But today, Wooten got a gift he could’ve never expected.
“We’re here with one of our newest board members to present Major an autographed Bobby Humphrey Alabama football, and thank him for his service,” said Darryl Furhman, Founder of Letterman USA Organization.
As a die-hard Alabama fan, Major Wooten was honored and surprised.
The Letterman USA Organization is a group of former coaches, former players and current coaches who raise awareness for supporting veterans.
Fuhrman says the organization started in 2011 after a friendly Auburn-Alabama flag football game.
This year, Wooten’s birthday wish is to go back to Paris this coming June for the 75th annual D-Day Anniversary.
“Part of my family wants to go back, and even if I’m not able to go, I want them to go,” Wooten said.