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Local veterans to receive Legion of Honor

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Henry Phillips from Wilmington and Aaron E. Fussell from Rose Hill will be two of the recipients of the Legion of Honor. Henry Phillips from Wilmington and Aaron E. Fussell from Rose Hill will be two of the recipients of the Legion of Honor.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Two World War II veterans from New Hanover County and Duplin County will be receiving the Legion of Honor at a ceremony in Charlotte on July 11.

The Consul General of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet, will bestow France's highest honor, the Legion of Honor, upon 12 American WWII veterans from North and South Carolina to express France's eternal gratitude to those who liberated them from oppression from 1944-45.

Henry Phillips from Wilmington and Aaron E. Fussell from Rose Hill will be two of the recipients at the ceremony.

The complete list of veterans receiving this award during the ceremony in recognition of their courage are:

  • Francis X. Mc Grail from Charlotte, NC (Captain, 2nd Armored Division, 66th Armored Regiment)
  • Laurent E. Morin from Charlotte, NC (Lieutenant, Amphibious Attack Transport, USS Thurston, AP-77)
  • Olin B. McKee from Rock Hill, SC (First Sergeant, Battery B, 266th Field Artillery Battalion)
  • Joseph C. Regan from Thomasville, NC (Sergeant, Company B, 257th Engineer Combat Battalion, 28th Infantry Division)
  • Albert Mancinelli from Shelby, NC (Sergeant, Battery C, 464th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion)
  • James M. Prosser, Jr from Sumter, SC (Sergeant, Company D, 116th Infantry Regiment)
  • Henry Phillips from Wilmington, NC (Chief Warrant Officer, 230th Field Artillery Battalion)
  • Richard M. Ripley from Raleigh, NC (Corporal, 101st Field Artillery Battalion)
  • Aaron E. Fussell from Rose Hill, NC (Corporal, Battery C, 203rd Field Artillery Battalion)
  • Lynn Aulick from Matthews, NC (Torpedoman's Mate Second Class, MTB Squadron 34)
  • John E. MacNaughton from Apex, NC (Gunner's mate 3rd Class, Landing Craft Flak)
  • William Jay Clodfelter from High Point, NC (Private First Class, Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division)

The ceremony, which is not open to the public, will be held on July 11, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Byron's South End (101 W. Worthington Ave. Suite 110 Charlotte, NC 28203).

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. It recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic, François Hollande.

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