A 90 year old World War II veteran received long overdue recognition this past weekend in Colorado as he was awarded several medals, including three Purple Hearts.

From CBS Denver:

It took several decades but an American hero in Commerce City has finally been recognized.

Army Sgt. Alfred Hurtado served in Europe during World War II. In 1943 he was severely injured and placed with wounded German prisoners by accident. His fellow soldiers thought he had died.

On Saturday the chairman of the Forgotten Heroes campaign presented Hurtado with three Purple Hearts, a Combat Infantryman Badge, and nine other medals.

Listen to the video as he thanks the audience and expresses his appreciation for “all these little kids.”

“That’s what I fought for,” Hurtado said.

(Featured image credit: CBS Denver video)