(WBIR-Knoxville) A Knoxville veteran had an extra reason to celebrate this Father's Day.
Joseph Howard Treadway turns 89-years-old on Monday. His family held a party for him Sunday in the Sunsphere.
"My mother and father came to the 1982 World's Fair and they wanted to come up the Sunsphere but the lines were far too long. So my mother passed away. Unfortunately, she never got to come up here but I thought I'd bring my dad," said Randy Treadway, Joseph's son.
Joseph Treadway is the father to 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
His family hoped to present him with his medals for the time he served in World War II.
"We're trying to get him the Purple Heart now that he's been recognized as 100% service-related disability," said his daughter, Starr Patterson.
Corporal Treadway served two years in the Marines, 1944-1946.
While stationed in Okinawa, Japan mortar rounds blew out Corporal Treadway's ear drums, leaving him nearly deaf.
"I can't hear good," he said.
After his injury, he decided to go back to his fellow Marines.
"They told him to come on home and he said, 'No, I'm going to stay and come home when my buddies do.' Which was only a matter of a week or two and the war was over," Patterson explained.
Treadway still has trouble hearing; however, he now uses state-of-the-art hearing aids.
"He has been such a great father. He taught me everything I knew and I've made a career out of things that he taught me," Randy Treadway said.
His family has been trying for three years to get Treadway's medals. The Chicago fire of 1973 destroyed Treadway's military records. According to Patterson, Congressman Jimmy Duncan's office is working to help them.