Kentucky World War II vet receives Purple Heart

A World War II veteran in western Kentucky finally received his Purple Heart Wednesday, decades after he served.

Dudley Riley, a World War II veteran and ex-prisoner of war, was finally presented with his Purple Heart at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center.

The 95-year-old was awarded the Purple Heart but never received it, so the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs has been tracking it down for a year.

Family, friends and fellow veterans helped surprise Riley at the Veterans Center to celebrate him finally receiving his award.

Riley began his service in August of 1940 and spent five years on active duty, three of those overseas and two in a German POW camp.