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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – A  99-year-old WWII veteran is finally getting the recognition he deserves, more than 72 years after the war.

Buford Johnson served in Normandy, France, shortly after D-Day. On Friday, Johnson was honored for his service thanks to some persistence from his daughter, Darlene, who says he was never presented with his medals.

She wanted his time serving his country to be remembered.

“He wanted to come back to his family, and I think that’s what kept him going,” Darlene told KDVR.

Congressman Ed Perlmutter attended the ceremony held at the American Foreign Legion in Colorado, giving a speech in Johnson’s honor.

“Private First Class Johnson was entitled to a lot of medals and you’re going to see them all presented today so I hope you all have a lot of time,” said Perlmutter.

So at 99 years old, Private First Class Buford Johnson was given the recognition he deserved.