A Spokane World War II veteran shot in combat received his Purple Heart almost 70 years after the battle in which he earned it.
It's been a long time coming for 90 year old Lloyd Phillips.
And by all accounts it's an incredible story that starts with Phillips almost missing the boat to battle.
"When we got to Camp to ship over, in New York, I came down with appendicitis, scarlet fever, and measles. So I missed the boat. But I caught the next boat with the 574", says Phillips.
Fast forward to April 1945. Phillips' Army unit was on a convoy in Germany when they were ambushed.
"And they shot Rose, my partner, and they shot our gunner, and I couldn't get him out of the turret of the gun."
Taking fire, Phillips ran toward a building where he saw American GIs. That's when he was shot. Twice.
"I was holding my rifle at port arms. The bullet hit the rifle and ricocheted up through my helmet. The other bullet went on the side of my cheek and the bottom of my ear... it went all through my arms."
Cut and bleeding, Phillips made it inside only to find the GIs were P.O.W.s under German guard.