MONDOVI, Wis. — Sixty-seven years after completing a distinguished career in World War II, a veteran has received the Distinguished Flying Cross and seven other medals.

Doug Ward, 89, said he was grateful to be recognized, but was especially touched that many fellow veterans came to watch U.S. Rep. Ron Kind present him with the medals Sunday.

The Wisconsin native served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After all these years, it wasn’t clear whether Ward had misplaced his medals or simply never received them.