/ Modified aug 23, 2019 4:44 p.m.

World War II veteran receives Purple Heart 76 years later

Sen. Martha McSally presented the medal to 95-year-old Walter Ram.

A World War II veteran who survived a crash-landing 76 years ago finally received a Purple Heart for his bravery on the battlefield. Walter Ram was 16 when he decided to enlist in the Army Air Corps and served during the war as a radio operator and gunner on a heavy bomber in Europe. Arizona 360 attended a ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base where Sen. Martha McSally presented Ram with a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Her office advocated on Ram’s behalf after his family first contacted the then-congresswoman in late 2017.

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