LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Donald Trump posthumously awarded a Kentucky war hero with the highest military distinction -- the Medal of Honor -- Tuesday afternoon.

Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner died 20 years ago, so his widow was in Washington to represent him.

In 1941, at age 21, Conner left his farm town in Clinton County to enlist in the U.S. Army. By the end of World War II, he had earned a battlefield commission, four Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross.

He received praise for sneaking out of the hospital and returning to the front lines in France. Over the course of that incident, he was totally alone and saved his comrades who were pinned down by six German tanks.

It was a miracle he made it out alive.

"It's not about me," said Pauline Connor, his widow. "It's about him -- and he was my hero. He was for 53 years and he still is since he's been gone 20 years."

Pauline Connor was given the honor during a White House ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

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