War medals arrive 71 years late

Posted at 4:12 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 17:52:15-05

It took 71 years but Buffalo native George Watts has finally received his World War Two medals, long denied because he was an African American.

At a ceremony Wednesday U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Brian Higgins and Mayor Byron Brown  made it official, presenting the army veteran with the medals he earned but never received because the army was segregated in the 1940's.

Watts says he's been fighting to be recognized for decades and even though it's taken so long he's glad his fight is finally over.  He says there are thousands of African Americans still facing the same situation and maybe his success will help them in their bids to get their war medals as well.