SC World War 2 veterans to be honored by France

Courtesy: Gina Cobb
Courtesy: Gina Cobb

ATLANTA, GA (WCSC) - Six South Carolina World War Two veterans are being honored by France for their work during the war.

The National Order of the Legion of Honor will be given to six American WWII veterans on June 8 during a ceremony at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France.

Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic.

The honor is being offered to "express France's eternal gratitude to those who liberated it from oppression from 1944-1945," according to a release from the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

The following South Carolinians will receive the award:

  • George Wheeler, from Saluda, SC – Major, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division
  • Orville Smith, from West Columbia, SC – Captain, 290th Infantry Regiment, 75th Division
  • Benjamin Herlong, from Saluda, SC – Sergeant, Company B, 244th Engineer Combat Battalion
  • Harry Duvall, from Taylors, SC – Private First Class, 29th Division
  • John McCarty, from Batersburg, SC – Private First Class, Company B, 179th Infantry Regiment
  • Truman Trotter, from Saluda, SC – Private First Class, Cannon Company 137th Infantry