(WCNC) Ten World War II veterans received the National Order of the Legion of Honor Wednesday at a ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The medals are the highest award the French Government bestows upon a foreigner.
“I was only 19 when I got called up,” said John Newman, of Mooresville.
Newman flew harrowing missions in a B-17 Bomber with plenty of close calls.
“One bullet got the number three engine. The co-pilot looked out and said that isn’t going to last long.”
Newman hopes Americans will learn from all that happened during WWII, and will support efforts to free the world of terrorism.
“Do everything you can to prevent it. To prevent another war. Things are going to get rougher from here on out. ISIS– whatever they are. They hope to take over, if we don’t stop them they’re going to.”
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