By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A retired NYPD sergeant has received his Purple Heart.

He finally got the award seven decades after being wounded on D Day.

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The Army presented 99-year-old Ozzie Fletcher with the medal at Fort Hamilton on Friday.

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He was wounded in Normandy, but due to racism in the 1940s, his story was overlooked for decades before recently being approved by the Secretary of the Army.

CBSNewYork Team