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Legion of Honor Medals for 4 Arkansas WWII Vets

Ceremony held at the USS Texas in Houston.
HOUSTON, TX - Four men from Arkansas who are veterans of World War II have received Legion of Honor medals for their actions on D-Day.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the historic day that troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to liberate Europe from the Nazi occupation.

In Houston this morning on board the battleship USS Texas, the Consul General of France awarded the medal of Chevalier (Knight) in the French Order of the Legion of Honor to these Arkansans:
  • Edward Fowler, 94, of Newport
  • Ted Hood, 91, of Little Rock
  • Horace Shankwiler, 93, of Hot Springs Village
  • William Toombs, 90, of North Little Rock
The USS Texas provided essential support to the allied troops on Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. A few days later, during the Battle of Cherbourg, France, the Battleship was struck twice by large-caliber coastal defense guns.

The Legion of Honor is the highest French decoration, and the class of Chevalier (Knight) is at the top.

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