92-year-old veteran finally receives WWII awards

americanflagThe Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A 92-year-old veteran has finally received the medals he earned in World War II.

Richard Paynes was a truck driver with the “Red Ball Express,” a resupply system that provided ammunition, food and other items to American troops in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army during the invasion of Germany.

Paynes, of Woodville didn’t get his campaign and service awards when he left the Army.

They were presented Wednesday by Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, Mississippi’s adjutant general.

A news release says retired Sgt. Maj. Richard Lambert learned of Paynes’ situation and took on months of correspondence with the Army to obtain the awards and medals.

Collins presented Paynes with the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.