(KVOA)  — Walter Ram received a long-overdue Purple Heart Tuesday.

Ram, a 95-year-old World War II veteran and P.O.W. survivor, began his service enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 16.

For nearly five years, Ram served as a radio operator and gunner.

During his sixth bombing mission, his aircraft was shot down and he was taken, prisoner.

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