CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - More than 46 years after a Northeast Ohio veteran earned a Purple Heart serving in the Vietnam War, he finally has his medal.

Robert Conway joined the Marine Corps in 1970, when he was just 20 years old. Soon after, he was shipped off to Vietnam.

“I’m looking for the freeway ramp to hitchhike home. And there’s no ramp,” Conway said, laughing. “But you quickly adapt. You grow up quickly.”