Kenneth F Lincoln will receive a Moroccan award for meritorious conduct on Sunday in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
The US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, is sending one of its leaders and a Moroccan officer studying at the college to make the presentation.
Lincoln said on Tuesday he's "tickled pink" to get it because he earned it, but he's a little overwhelmed because he wasn't expecting a big to-do.
Lincoln was sent to Morocco after he joined the US Navy in 1945.
The fire broke out among straw huts in Rabat in the summer of 1946 and he and other young sailors rushed to the scene.