Lowcountry WWII Veterans to receive France's highest honor

Lowcountry WWII Veterans to receive France's highest honor

(WCSC) - A few Veterans throughout the Carolina's are getting some well deserved, and some would say overdue, thanks.

In order to thank them for their efforts in liberating France from oppression from 1944-45, the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet will honor 6 American WWII Veterans from the Carolina's, including three from right here in the Lowcountry.

The Veterans will receive the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the South Carolina State House on March 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.

The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France and it recognizes eminent services to the French Republic.

"It is a tremendous honor for me to thank, on behalf of my country, the American veterans who participated in the liberation of France more than 70 years ago, we wish to give these men their due honor and to assure them that the French people have not forgotten their heroic service. We are forever grateful to them." said Consul General Barbet.

The following veterans will receive this award in recognition of their courage:

  • Col (Ret) William E. Eisenhart from Bluffton, SC (Captain, 8th Air Force, 303rd Bomb Group, 359th Squadron)
  • Joseph C. Watson from Ridge Springs, SC (Captain, 291st Regiment, 75th Infantry Division)
  • Thomas C. Harris from Charlotte, NC (Staff Sergeant, 289th Infantry 75th Division)
  • Robert F. Hennessee from Hanahan, SC (Staff Sergeant, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division)
  • David C. Phillips from Florence, SC (Radioman Second Class, USS LST 664)
  • Karl W. Olsen from Bluffton, SC (Private First Class, 134th Infantry, 35th Division)

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