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France bestowing highest honor on seven WWII vets from SC

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Ambassador François Delattre Ambassador François Delattre

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - France is bestowing its highest honor on seven World War II veterans from South Carolina.

The group being honored Monday in Charleston includes former governor and U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings. The group is receiving the Order of the Legion of Honor for their help in liberating France.

The award was created by Napoleon in 1802, and those who receive it are designated by the president of France. The awards are being presented by the French ambassador to the United States.

Others receiving the honor include Army Air Corps veterans Ernest Haar of West Columbia, Alexander Molnar of Bluffton and Joseph Jones of Hilton Head Island. The three others are Army veterans Stanley Wapinski and Leon Jones, both of Columbia, and Richard Jolley of Aiken.

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