Sacred Heart School in Redcar hosted the medal presentation.
In a packed hall, pupils and invited guests applauded as John Ramsey received his medal from his local MP, Ian Swales.
The former gunner told ITV News about the harsh conditions they faced, constantly under threat from the enemy.
Mr Ramsey also revealed he had asked the Queen for support during his lengthy campaign.
The British Navy escorted the merchant ships taking crucial supplies to Russia during the Second World War.
It was a journey Sir Winston Churchill described as the "worst on earth" and nearly 3000 people lost their lives.