"We, the French, we will never forget what you did to restore our freedom," Denuff told the men. "France is what it is today - a free and sovereign country - thanks to their bravery, and thanks to America."
The other veterans who were honored Friday were George Wheeler, of Saluda; Benjamin Herlong, of Saluda; Harry Duvall, of Taylors; John McCarty, of Batesburg and Truman Trotter, of Saluda.
Letters from the French Embassy and Consulate said the award expresses France's gratitude to those who liberated it in 1944 and 1945.
The medals bestow the rank of Knight on the six men, as decreed by the French president.
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