Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind recognized a Coulee Region man for his extraordinary efforts.
Lieutenant Colonel Bill Bruring was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his 73 years of service in the Civil Air Patrol.
Bruring was one of the founding members of the La Crosse Civil Air Patrol squadron during the height of the World War II era.
Now the La Crosse squadron is the largest in Wisconsin.
Some of Bruring's duties included training pilots, moving supplies and patrolling borders.
Bruring said receiving this award is the 'pinnacle of his career.'
"This is the most of the best, the most of the best. This is a great day," Bruring said with a grin.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that can be awarded.
Bruring also received a U.S. flag that was flown around the U.S. Capitol in his honor.
In December, Bruring was able to travel to Washington D.C. to be recognized by all of Congress.