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At 86 years old Lawrence Smith has been through a lot and seen a lot. He doesn't want for much - that is except for a medal he's owed before it's too late.
Mr Smith is one of a handfull of surviving veterans who carried out dangerous missions to support the Russian forces in World War Two. These Arctic Convoys claimed 3,000 sailors.
Last week we told you that fellow veteren Eddie Grenfel made a plea from his hospital bed directly to the Prime Minister for the medals.
They will get them say the government - the question is when? Martin Dowse takes up the story.
A pensioner who took part in the treacherous Arctic Convoys during World War Two has spoken for the first time about the need for recognition medals to be handed out sooner rather than later.
86-year-old Lawrence Smith is among 400 remaining sailors who helped supply the Russians with vital fuel, food and munitions as they fought off Nazi Germany.