WWII veteran receives well-deserved honors he was owed for decades

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Greatest Generation, honored, more than 70 years after World War II ended. From the 18-year-old in combat to the 91-year-old in a retirement community, Richard Barrett remembers all those years, and it never really bothered him that he was missing a few awards.

"Of course, I had to take care of him in combat, he was kind of a puny kid, and I had to take care of him," said Richard Barrett of his twin brother.

Even though they're 91 years old…

"I'm five minutes older than he is," said Richard.

Twin brothers Richard and Robert Barrett talk like they're still teenagers. The two fought in WWII together, starting when they were 18 years old.

Decades passed, and the two never knew they were owed medals, until recently. They discovered their Army records were destroyed, but a family member found copies of the records. The Barrett family contacted Congressman Sam Graves, who made sure the twins got the awards they deserved.

"We saw some rough times, slept on some cold ground, but there are other men that did so much more than we did too," said Robert Barrett.

Friday, Richard received his well-deserved honors to a standing ovation from friends and family. He received a Silver Star and Bronze Star, along with multiple other military honors.

"It's nice, but we're both kind of humble about it. We don't let it get to be a prestigious deal for us," said Richard.

Richard's twin brother, Robert, will receive his medals in a separate ceremony. Congressman Sam Graves helped the process along to get his medals as well.