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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WAVE 3) - A Louisville man who helped soldiers who liberated concentration camps in World War 2 said he never felt like he was part of the "Greatest Generation" because he never received the medals he earned from serving.

But his family was able to fix that with a special surprise.

94-year-old Roscoe Kerr, Jr. is the official photographer at his assisted living home.  He was taking pictures of his daughter recently, but did not realize he was about to be surprised, big time.

John Kahl, his son-in-law and a retired teacher, had been working to fix a 75-year-old problem with Kerr's war record.

"He talked about how he never got his medals.  And being a former teacher, I read non-verbals very well and I could see in his eyes hurt and I said, I've got to start this," said Kahl.

Kerr served with the 28th Medical Depot Company in Europe.  He helped with the unit's physical and emotional wounds after liberating concentration camps.

However, he was in a crash that put him in the hospital before he was discharged.

His son-in-law wrote a letter to the Department of Defense, but there was a big problem.

"All of his records were burned up in a fire," said Kahl.

A fire in 1973 in St. Louis destroyed almost every record of Kerr's service.

Then, his family found his last military pay stub and that was enough to prove that Kerr had earned the same distinctions as other veterans.

"The records and all that I thought would never catch up with me," said Kerr.

His son-in-law was able to arrange a special ceremony and Kerr was awarded a World War 2 Victory Medal and a Bronze Star Attachment.

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