Eric Greenleaf, a regular customer at The Gog & Magog, in Plymouth, has been awarded the Arctic Star.
He is believed to be the first in the Devon town to receive the longawaited medal.
Eric, 93, was presented with his medal by Admiral Henry Parker, with the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth in attendance. He also received a framed photograph of himself, playing with the band during King George VI’s visit to HMS Cumberland.
The Arctic Star medal was commissioned only last year, after campaigners fought for the heroes of the Russian Convoys to be recognised after more than 70 years.
Eric completed 15 of the treacherous journeys during the Second World War, protecting merchant ships delivering vital supplies to Soviet ports.
Kelly Bullard, pub manager at The Gog & Magog, said: “Eric is highly respected – and everyone at the pub is thrilled for him. We are all so proud of our war hero.”