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MONDOVI — More than 60 years after completing a distinguished career in World War II, a Mondovi veteran has received the Distinguished Flying Cross and seven other medals.

Doug Ward, 89, said he was grateful to be recognized, but especially touched that many of his fellow veterans were on hand to watch Rep. Ron Kind, Wisconsin Democrat, present him with the medals Sunday.

“It’s an honor. Anytime you get a medal it’s an honor,” Mr. Ward said.

The western Wisconsin native served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, flying missions over North Africa, Italy and Germany.

After all these years, it wasn’t clear whether Mr. Ward had misplaced his medals or simply never received them. Either way, Mr. Kind said that after meeting Mr. Ward several years ago, he was determined to make things right.

Mr. Ward served from 1942 through 1945.

From wire dispatches and staff reports