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SC WWII veterans honored on D-Day anniversary

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WWII veterans await the Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor ceremony. (June 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) WWII veterans await the Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor ceremony. (June 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The insignias awarded to the veterans. (June 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) The insignias awarded to the veterans. (June 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy when Allied troops stormed the beaches, known since the historic 1944 battle as D-Day.

And while ceremonies commemorating the anniversary are held in France and across the United States, several World War II veterans were honored in South Carolina.

Eight veterans from South Carolina were awarded the insignia of Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the South Carolina State House.

The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France, founded more than 200 years ago by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Four of the eight veterans in attendance at Friday's ceremony are from the Upstate.

Byron E. Burns from Laurens (First Lieutenant, Company E, 442nd Infantry Regiment), George A. Wheeler from Gaffney (First Lieutenant, 1955 Quartermaster Company Truck), Frederick C. Wehrum from Anderson (Sergeant, 445th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 8th Infantry Division) and Curtis D. Flemming from Greer (Seaman First Class, 6th Naval Beach Battalion) will be awarded the honor.

The daughter of the late Thomas R. Scott Jr. from Greer (Technician 5th Grade, Battery B, 335th Field Artillery Battalion) will also accept the award on his behalf.

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