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William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care. William Cobbs is a World War II veteran who received recognition today while in hospice care.
William Cobbs recieves medal as part of the 'We honor veterans' program at Lifepath Hospice. William Cobbs recieves medal as part of the 'We honor veterans' program at Lifepath Hospice.
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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

William Cobbs, 89, is a World War II veteran.

He served as a medic at a hospital treating the wounded during the "D" day invasion.

Later he served as a guard for General Dwight Eisenhower.

Cobbs is in the final chapter of his life, with a diagnosis of cancer.

Each day across the United States, the National World War II museum estimates 555 veterans from that war die each day.

LifePath Hospice in Hillsborough County cares for many of them.

U.S. Army Chaplain Rusty Trubey presented Cobbs with a certificate and a pin.

"What a wonderful privilege to be with you today and provide this service," said Chaplain Trubey before presenting the pin.

It's part of a "We honor Veterans program."

Last year 628 honor pinnings were conducted to honor veterans at the end of their life to recognize their military service.

"These Veterans Deserve to be recognized for what they did for their country," said Jenna Paladino of LifePath.

Cobbs recalled treating patients who were part of the invasion in Normandy.

"It was so busy we served 50 thousand patients and then all of a sudden that was over with," said Cobbs.

His service was not over, after serving in the hospital Cobbs was selected to become a personal bodyguard for General Dwight Eisenhower.

"I don't know why we were particularly picked for that," said Cobbs.

As a 19 year old young man, he then had a front row seat on history.

"He found out I had an excellent educational background, so he put me to work doing all kinds of stuff," said Cobbs.

Like many of his generation, Cobbs is humble about his contribution during the war, and a little overwhelmed by all of the attention from the ceremony.

"It was much too much for what I've done," said Cobbs.

Chaplain Trubey then assured him, the recognition is deserved.

"Well Sir, you've given more than most and for that we are deeply and eternally grateful," said the Chaplain.

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