It's estimated that 56.4 million people around the world lost their lives during the Second World War.
Thousands of heroes died in the span of a few short years, but many also survived, receiving medals for their heroic actions.
That being said, not everyone received a special honor for their service until decades later.
Mark Paradise, a World War II veteran from central Pennsylvania, was formally given a Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge, 60 years after his heroic service.
Another American hero is getting the recognition he deserved 76 years ago for saving several lives aboard a burning Pearl Harbor ship.
The story of what he did is definitely one for the books.