Published on November 12, 2016 by Brad Radice  
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Retired Col. Carl Cooper, a 1943 graduate of Samford University, returned to campus Nov. 11 for homecoming and the university’s 175th anniversary celebration. Cooper, who is 96, received the Lockmiller Award as the male from the earliest class represented at the annual Golden Bulldogs gathering for alumni who graduated 50-plus years ago.

It was a fitting Veterans Day honor for Cooper, who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1980 after serving 38 years.

Watch his inspiring Samford story.

Brad Radice is director of broadcast media.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.