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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A WWII veteran was honored with several medals and three bronze stars in the war. On Wednesday, he was honored with them all over again.

Dr. Marvin Mills didn't know what the day had in store for him when he woke up Wednesday.

"Put on a tie. For what? Put on a coat. For what? She surprised me," said Dr. Mills. 

The 96-year-old WWII veteran was presented with five war medals. 

"He had lost his medals after, what, 70 years and multiple moves, so the VA was able to get those medals for us," said his son, Todd Mills.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, along with Lexington Council member Susan Lamb, presented the replacement medals to Dr. Mills. As he was presented with the medals, his wife of 71 years, Eunice, stood by his side.

"High school sweethearts, college sweethearts, I told her if she waits for me after the war, I would marry her and she waited and we got married in 1946," he said. 

Dr. Mills said he will always remember the others who stood by his side. 

"I appreciate the recognition, but also, don't forget the guys who were with me who aren't with us now," said Dr. Mills. "So I take this and honor them because they too sacrificed along with me."

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