It has taken more than 70 years, but Oscar Davis, Jr., has finally received the Purple Heart he earned fighting in World War II. The 92-year-old North Carolina veteran was knocked down by a piece of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge and a tree fell on him, leaving him paralyzed for three weeks before he was able to rejoin his unit in Germany.
A long time has passed since Davis was told he’d get the honor, but the paperwork was never signed. Thankfully, a volunteer group called the Veterans Legacy Foundation did the research to prove the military award was owed to him.
And even though decades have passed, the honor was still thrilling to Davis. "This has been some day," he said after getting the Purple Heart pinned to his jacket. "I couldn't believe all this was going to happen.”