Sgt. John Watson served during World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American aviators in U.S. history. But the 96-year-old veteran was never formally recognized for his service.

That just changed in an amazing way.

Peter Doocy reported on "Happening Now" that Watson worked as an aircraft crew chief for the Tuskegee Airmen and has always considered himself part of the legendary group, but he wasn't acknowledged as such until today.

Watson was surprised with a Congressional Gold Medal on the first stop of his honor flight to Washington, D.C. Watson said that the unexpected ceremony was "wonderful" and he really enjoyed himself.

Watson explained that with his "low computer skills" he wasn't sure how to go about being recognized for his service. Eventually, Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) office found out about his situation and got involved, expediting the process from a matter of months to weeks.

"Then came a very thorough review of records by the Tuskegee Airmen Association to make sure Watson was where he said he was during the war," Doocy reported, adding that after the legwork was done, all that remained was giving Watson his much-deserved recognition and medal.

Doocy noted that as of January, approximately 200 Tuskegee Airmen were still alive, spread out all across the country.

Watch the touching "Happening Now" clip above and learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen.


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