Paris veteran honored seven decades after service

PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hubert Jasper, 95, of Paris served in World War II from July 29, 1943, to October 25, 1945.  Monday, he will be honored with several medals, nearly seven decades after his service.
Jasper is quick to respond when asked why he was proud to serve his country.  "It was fight them or be taken over," says Jasper, who was a member of the First Army, Ninth Division, 60th Infantry Regiment, First Battalion, Company D, 81 mm Mortar Platoon. 
Monday about 60 of Jasper’s friends and family will gather at the Spectrum Financial Alliance building in Nicholasville for a ceremony to honor him.  He recently received a Silver Service Star, a World War II Victory Medal, an Army of Occupation Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button and a Belgian Fourragere.  He also was given the French Legion Medal of Honor.  Jasper says that is one of the highest award France gives to a non-native.
Upon his discharge he was given five Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman Badge, but these new awards came after his daughter Mary helped him apply.  She describes her father as honorable and very dependable. 
She says the soldiers in his division walked hundreds of miles and that her father fought in all sorts of conditions.  Additionally, Jasper fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest battle the United States was involved in during World War II.
Jasper says he was involved in battles that led to Belgium’s liberation and that he had an occupational post after the war ended.  He was a mail clerk at Camp Celibate.
He says receiving the awards means a lot to him, but that he fought for liberty.  "Freedom.  Freedom of speech and everything else.  It sure was good to get back on American soil though," says Jasper.

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