A local World War II veteran is celebrating his 102nd birthday.
Major Wooten was born in 1916 and was the 7th child of twelve. He lived through the Great Depression. He was 13 years old when the stock market crashed. When he was a boy, he and his family were sharecroppers. They made their money picking cotton.
“21 cents a pound, we took for it and 3 cents a pound for it. I got one pair of shoes out of it, but ever since, I’ve been buying my own,” said Wooten.
He was drafted to war in the forties. He was stationed in Paris, France where he worked on railroad cars.
“He put the cars back in service, what the Germans and the Air Force blew up,” said Wooten’s granddaughter, Holly McDonald.
“I did what I was asked to do. I wanted to get out as quick as I could. I think everybody had that in mind,” said Wooten.
He’s been an Alabama fan since 1938. Today, he was presented with an autographed Alabama football from the the Lettermen of the U.S.A organization. The RTC Commander, COL John Jones was in uniform as he presented the football signed by former Alabama player, Bobby Humphrey.
His family says since he started traveling with other veterans, he’s come out of his shell. He is planning on going back to France with his friends in June.