Local WWII vet honored by Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association honors local WWII Veteran Porter Roberts for his service. Source: FOX 10 News

When it comes to World War II veterans -- there's not many left. One of our local ones was honored for his service Monday by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

On motorcycles -- the group of four Vietnam veterans drove up to the home of Porter Roberts Jr. to personally thank him for his military service.

"Mr. Roberts... I want to present you this certificate of recognition for your military service... This is from Covenant Care. Thank you."

Despite a stroke two years ago and being on hospice, 93-year-old Roberts is still very active.

"I use this walker. I can get around pretty good," said Roberts.

"Our motto is veterans helping veterans. It's awesome to meet the WWII veterans... There's getting to be so few of them left... And if we can go and honor a veteran that's from WWII... it makes our day. It's really special," said Mike Barker, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Mobile Chapter Commander.

Roberts served in the Navy during World War II -- flying more than 1500 hours on a PBM as a radio radar man and gunner in the Pacific theater.

He's very proud of his service -- even showing us some of his medals, which he keeps framed and hung on a wall in his home.

Roberts was among the local veterans on the last Honor Flight from Mobile to the nation's capitol in May 2013.

During an interview about his trip Roberts told FOX 10 News this: "It was unforgettable experience and I am grateful to have been included in this last flight. All the volunteers and all the guardians who made this possible are to be commended."

His wife Janie of 66 years and son David are just as proud of his achievements and the stories he shares.

"Well... He loves to talk about it. It was a very special time in his life. I think these veterans deserve all of the praise they can receive... And does too," said Janie.

"To just have them come here and honor someone like my dad who served in WWII many years ago... And was a hero - he's my hero too. Today was a really special treat for him and all of us," said David.

Standing at attention the men salute Mr. Roberts -- who in turn salutes them back -- showing a deep respect for country, service, and a member of the Greatest Generation.

"It's an important thing... Because if these veterans hadn't stood up for us -- we wouldn't be here now being able to honor them. And it's just our way of paying back," said Barker.

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