Richard Paynes has finally received the medals he earned while serving in World War II. He drove a truck for the "Red Ball Express." The Express was a system that supplied ammunition, food and other material to Gen. George Patton's Third Army during the invasion of Germany.

Paynes is now 92 years old. The Woodville, Miss. resident didn't receive his campaign and service awards when he left the Army.

Mississippi National Guard


Mississippi's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, Decorated Paynes on Wednesday.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Richard Lambert reportedly learned of Paynes' situation and corresponded with the Army for months to obtain the awards.

It took 70 years, but I guess the old saying is true, “Better late than never.”