Greensboro, NC -- Nine military honors, including the Bronze Star - a medal given to soldiers who show true heroism and bravery in a time of war.
It's an accomplishment many of us would boast about, but not Staff Sergeant Arthur Allen.
The 94-year-old Greensboro man died barely realizing the great honor he achieved.
But at his funeral Wednesday, his comrades and family made sure he got a tribute fit for a war hero.
Staff Sergeant Arthur Allen's story went untold for more than 60 years.
Not only because the army thought they lost his records, according to his family, but because when he finally received them, dementia robbed him of the pride of his accomplishments.
"We talked, we joked, we laughed, we cried," said Arthur Allen, Junior inside Hargett Funeral Home. "I owe most of what I am to him because he taught me everything. "
In death, this son is learning even more about his hero of a father.
"He won numerous medals that we did not know about until after his passing," Allen Junior explained.
The war hero died August 2nd; the next day, the family found history packed away in a closet.
They uncovered a box containing about nine military honors from his father's time fighting in World War II.
Arthur Senior never talked about them. His family says he was a humble man.
"He was an unsung hero and nobody knew his story. It took the death of Mr. Allen for his community to know his story," said Wanda Autery, the commander of the Guilford County Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Allen Senior earned the medals while leading an all-black military unit known as the Buffalo Soldiers. The North Carolina chapter explains the history of the Buffalo Soldiers dates back to 1866.
The president of the group says congress authorized the all-black unit for two reasons: African-Americans were freed from slavery and many of the men had no jobs, and the Civil War had depleted most of the nation's army and they needed more men to join the military.
The Buffalo Soldiers believe Allen Senior was probably the last veteran from World War II who served in the all-black unit.
"He served very proudly and very well during his four years in the military," said Eddie Holmes, the president of the NC Buffalo Soldiers.
Wednesday, a final salute. A tribute long overdue from his comrades - including the Patriot Guard Riders.
"[My father] had a scar on his right hip and I was asking about it and he told me that was when a bomb hit and exploded right near him and he still carried the shrapnel from that," Allen junior recalled.
Decades later, it was that shrapnel and years of research that led local veterans' advocates, like Autery, to Allen's medals.
His chapter saluted Allen Senior's casket and carried it to the hearse after a short service at Bethel AME Church.
"It would have been nice for him to have been able to receive them at a time that could have even appreciated them," said Allen Junior.