Leonard Dibb-Western travelled to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and received his fifth war medal.
The 88-year-old was a member of the Merchantl Navy who took part in a convoy to Russia in February 1944.
Nearly 70 years on,
he has now received an Arctic Star medal and an apology from Mr Cameron that it had taken so long to recognise war veterans’ bravery.
Mr Cameron told the survivors at a special ceremony: “I am only sorry that it has taken 70 years to get
to here and to say thank you for what you did.
You were involved in the most important struggle of the last 100 years when you were supplying one of our allies in the battle to defeat Hitler.
“You are a group of heroes.”
Dibb-Western, who lives in Worle, said he was ‘very proud’ to receive the award and believes he is the only one in North Somerset to have an Arctic Star.
The convoy sailed to Russia in 1944 but its progress was blocked by ice, and he believes
that, had the weather been clearer, they would have been bombed by German planes.
And their journey back months later was equally hazardous, with the crew told on arrival back in the UK they had narrowly avoided 15 German U-boats.
the Prime Minister, the veterans were taken to HMS Belfast on the River Thames for a celebration.