SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — On this Independence Day holiday, 96-year-old Marine veteran Jim Haun was honored for his bravery in three wars, and for being a continuous source of inspiration for those around him.

His nickname, "Tootsie Roll Man," comes with a backstory.

Serving the United States in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War, the Marine gunnery sergeant's moniker came from what could be considered a happy accident:

"If they started getting low on ammunition back in like World War II, we listened in on other people's radios," Haun recalled. "So, we started getting low on ammunition and they didn't want the enemy to hear. The code word for it was 'Tootsie Rolls.' They started getting low on ammunition and they called for a load of Tootsie Rolls, and — I will never will forget this — three C-130 airplanes came over, and in big parachutes, dropped nothing but Tootsie Rolls."

Haun and fellow Marines used the sugary treats as their only source of food and melted them to plug bullet holes.

He is one of the few surviving members of The Chosin Few, a distinguished group of warriors who displayed courage during the 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.

A column of troops from the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950.

After 22 years of military service, Haun said one of the many joys of retirement is being able to share his story.

"I want to cry sometimes," he said. "I feel so grateful for people for treating me like they do... I am very grateful."