MONDOVI, Wis. (AP) -

More than 60 years after a distinguished career in World War II, a Mondovi veteran has received the Distinguished Flying Cross and seven other medals.

Eighty-nine-year-old Doug Ward says he's grateful to be recognized. He says he was especially touched that many of his fellow veterans were on hand to watch U.S. Rep. Ron Kind present him with the medals Sunday.

The western Wisconsin native spent three years in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He few missions over North Africa, Italy and Germany.

After all these years, it wasn't clear whether Ward had misplaced his medals or simply never received them. Either way, Kind says it's important to make sure Ward had the recognition and awards he deserved.