France to honor three N.C. WWII vets

Posted November 19, 2009 5:32 p.m. EST

— Three World War II veterans from North Carolina will receive the Legion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by French officials, in a Dec. 1 ceremony at the State Capitol.

The Legion of Honor was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and recognizes distinguished services to the French Republic.

Consul General of France Pascal Le Deunff plans to express France’s gratitude to those who liberated the nation during World War II to veterans Woodrow Casey of Grifton, Robert Pyle of Wilmington and Earl Norwood of Morehead City. All three participated in the D-Day landing on Normandy beaches in France, officials said.