RON Camplin has come a long way since he was a ward of Legacy.
In the years that followed, he forged a career in radio that took him to Cooma, Mudgee and Bathurst, became the long-time owner of Bathurst Broadcasters and earned honours including an Order of Australia Medal and a place in the list of Bathurst's inaugural 200 Living Legends.
He has also been a generous supporter of the charity organisation that generously supported him.
Mr Camplin's support was recognised this week when he was presented with a medallion by the Bathurst Legacy branch.
Branch president Arthur Drury said Mr Camplin's association with Legacy - which supports ex-servicemen and their families - stretched over 75 years and included two years as president of Bathurst Legacy.
"Both Ron and [Mr Camplin's wife] Stephanie have been very generous for Legacy and the money raised has gone to benefit numerous Legacy widows," Mr Drury said in making the presentation.
"This [the medallion] represents some of the contribution you have made. We will be forever in your debt."
Mr Camplin's father served in World War One as a Light Horseman and died of wounds received when Mr Camplin was still young.