WWII vet gets medals replaced during surprise ceremony in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A 96-year-old WWII Veteran received a special surprise on Wednesday honoring his time served in the military.

Dr. Marvin Mills served in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany during World War II.

Dr. Marvin Mills and his wife, Eunice, have been married since 1946.

"We're high school sweethearts, college sweethearts. I told her if she waits for me after the war I would marry her," Mills said.

The husband and wife of 71-years are residents at Morning Pointe Senior Living Center. They tell each other everything, which is why it was hard for Eunice to keeping Wednesday's surprise ceremony a secret.

"We aren't just recognizing a local hero, we're recognizing a hero for the entire Commonwealth," Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said.

In front of city leaders, family and friends, Grimes presented Dr. Mills with his WWII medals. After multiple moves throughout the decades, Dr. Mills lost his original medals. The VA was able to provide him with new ones.

"So many times we wait until it's too late, and I wanted to do this while my father was still alive so he can see what he means to our and family and to others," Todd Mills said about his father.

Dr. Mills will also be receiving the "Night of French Foreign Award" next month. The "Night of French Foreign Award" is the highest award you can obtain from the French government without being a citizen.

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