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After More Than 60 Years Veteran Receives Medals

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It took more than 60 years to get, but today a North Dakota veteran is awarded a host of medals he earned while serving during WWII.

This afternoon Senator John Hoeven presents World War Two Veteran Donald Diederich with a handful of awards including a bronze star, victory medal, good conduct medal and an honorable service label button.

Diederich says receiving the medals brings back many memories of the war.

"It's beyond words you know I just couldn't believe it that I was going to get such a reception here for these medals, when I found out I had the medals, I always figured they'd send them but I never got them, but then I just kind of forgot about it you know," Donald Diederich said.

Diederich who is almost 90 years-old served in the U.S. army from April 1943 until January 1946.

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