SAN ANTONIO - "It's been 70 years and now I got this and I appreciate it," Angel Cruz said.
Now 94 years old, he was only 19 when he volunteered to serve his country.
Monday, Congressman Joaquin Castro helped present five medals to Technical Sergeant Angel A. Cruz after Cruz's family contacted his office.
This comes seven decades after he was a World War II radio gunner engineer.
Cruz ensured B-25 bombers remained in fighting and flying condition. He served in the Pacific Theater- including New Guinea, Australia, the Solomon Islands, and the Philippines.
"He was in so many different areas around the Asia Pacific and was very committed," Castro said. "He was very brave and we wanted to show how grateful the nation is after all these years,"
"I received good conduct and other medals for my 4 or 5 campaigns that I went through," Cruz said.
The local World War II veteran also received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars and one Silver Star, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.
His family says Cruz has remained humble all these years...but they felt compelled to recognize him.
"I am really very proud that I served my country," Cruz added." The family celebrated with a burger at Chris Madrids.
Congressman Castro said it takes time to research and find heroes that never received their medals. Today he encourages all veterans from any wars and their families to come forward if they believe they've earned one.
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