Now they've waited 70 years to receive their medals and today at a special ceremony marking armed forces day, 25 veterans of the Arctic Convoys were honoured.
The Arctic Star medals were due to be sent out in the post but many felt this was no way to recognise the efforts of those who've endured so much.
Kerry Swain reports.
Kerry Swain spoke to Alec Penstone, Ann Briggs and the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson.
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Team SCA, which includes two sailors from Hampshire, has passed Cape Horn in the Volvo Ocean Race. They paid tribute to their late coach.
Delays are expected around the region over the Easter break. Rail engineering works mean that some services are suspended.
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