An honor 46 years in the making.
A Marietta soldier is the nation's latest recipient of the Bronze Star.
Sergeant Darrell Antill received the award two weeks ago at a reunion in Missouri.
The 69-year-old served in Vietnam back in 1968 and '69.
He was nominated by his captain and was completely surprised when he was presented his certificate.
Antill says he was proud to serve his country when he was young and he's very proud now to add the award to his medal count.
"This means a lot to me because it actually gives me hope and it should give others hope that we weren't as forgotten as we thought we were," he says.
The Bronze Star itself will be delivered by mail.
Sergeant Antill is a graduate of the old Lawrence High School.
He says he doesn't like to speak much of the war, just the good times when he attends reunions.