(FOX News) - Oscar Davis Jr.'s 72-year wait is finally over.
The 92-year-old North Carolina man on Saturday was awarded the Purple Heart he earned during the Battle of the Bulge - which began in December 1944 -- but that a paperwork formality kept him from receiving.
David received the award surrounded by members of the 82nd Airborne Division - the group he served with during World War II.
"He's still one of us," Capt. Andrew Hammack told The Fayetteville Observer. "He's just not currently reporting for duty."
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