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Japanese-American WWII veterans to receive French honor

HONOLULU (AP) - More than two dozen World War II Japanese-American soldiers will be decorated with France's highest medal this month for their part in liberating France.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports France's consul general in San Francisco will bestow the Legion of Honor on the men next week Friday in Honolulu.

The veterans are all former members of the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The French government will recognize five veterans at a similar ceremony in Kona on Jan. 21. It will honor 18 veterans on Maui the following day.

American servicemen who fought in one of the four main campaigns of the liberation of France between June 6, 1944 and May 8, 1945 are eligible for the Legion of Honor.

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