Hollings, other WWII vets being honored by France

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Seven World War II veterans from South Carolina are receiving the highest honor bestowed by France.

The vets include former governor and U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

The French ambassador to the United States and the counsel general of France to the Southeast will be in Charleston on Monday to present the National Order of the Legion of Honor to the veterans.

The award was created by Napoleon in 1802, and those who receive it are designated by the president of France. The award is for eminent military or civilian services rendered to the Republic of France.

The Monday ceremony is being held at Charleston's historic Dock Street Theatre.

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