A World War II veteran from western Michigan has received his medals for service, nearly 71 years after he was honorably discharged.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that 89-year-old John Butler of Portage was presented the medals Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton during a gathering with family and friends.
The medals include a Purple Heart.
Butler was 16 when he joined the Navy in 1944.
He was a radar operator on the USS Kidd when the ship was attacked on April 11, 1945.
Upton noted Butler lost his right eye and was hospitalized for several months.