WWII vets receive Legion of Honor award

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Seven American World War II veterans received the Legion of Honor, France's highest military honor, on Monday.

The French Consulate General in Atlanta presented the honors in ceremonies at the State Capitol.

Even decades later, the Consulate General said it is so important to show appreciation for the sacrifices these veterans made.

Atlanta natives First Lieutenant Josiah Benator and Staff Sargent Alvin Werbalowsky were among the five present to get the distinguished award.

First Lieutenant Salvatore R. Pipitone, of Athens, Private First Class Bernard M. Parker, of Milledgeville, Donald Seesenguth, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tech. Sgt. Edward W. Mercker, of Marietta, and Tech. Sgt. Bruce E. Estes, of Dallas, also received the distinguished honor.