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AUBURN, New York (WSTM) --Staff Sgt. Richard Faulkner received a purple heart Saturday, nearly 70 years after being injured in World War Two.

Faulkner was a 19 year old ball turret gunner for the United States Army. Nazi soldiers shot down his plane in March of 1944. He was the only surviving member of his B-17 bomber.

Faulkner refused the Purple Heart seven decades ago because he felt others were more deserving.

"I don't deserve this. There's a lot of people who should of been honored, that weren't," he still insists.

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