MALDEN (CBS) — A World War II veteran and longtime Stop & Shop employee was honored Saturday in Malden. Seventy-five years after Louis San Miguel was hit in the shoulder by shrapnel while fighting in the U.S Army in Europe, he’s finally receiving a Purple Heart.

San Miguel survived and came home to raise a family in Braintree. He’s 95 years old now.

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A picture of Louis San Miguel in the U.S. Army. (Photo Courtesy: Louis San Miguel)

He’s made several attempts over the years to get a Purple Heart, but his service records were destroyed in a fire. His family never gave up though, and he was finally awarded one at a Boston veterans’ function.

“I’m just overwhelmed. People are so wonderful, and I hope all the other veterans feel the same as I do right now,” San Miguel said. “I have to cry I’m sorry. It’s been worth it. I was so proud to serve our country.”

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Louis San Miguel with his Purple Heart. (WBZ-TV)

His wife of 67 years and the rest of his family were overjoyed to see him finally get the award.

“Ever since I’ve been young and a small child, he’s talked about the fact that he would love to get the Purple Heart,” his daughter said. “It’s just wonderful. I’m so happy we could make him happy.”

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San Miguel has remained incredibly active over the years and is still working as a cashier at Stop & Shop where he recently celebrated his birthday.