85-year-old Carl Jacobs joined the army when he was 16 years old.
Jacobs lived in a foster home, and ended up serving in the army from 1950 to 1953. In 1951, Jacobs was shot several times by enemy soldiers and severely wounded.
On Wednesday, Jacobs was awarded a number of medals, including four Bronze Service Stars.
“We consider this the highest honor for us to be able to present someone who so richly deserves these medals in the service of our country,” said Rep. John B. Larson.
Jacobs also received the National Defense Service Medal. He retired about 25 years ago because the wartime injuries took a toll on his body.