- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A 101-year-old U.S. Army veteran who fought on the beaches of Normandy during World War II has been awarded a prestigious medal by a French official.

The Erie Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/1NqPLNy ) Allison Taylor was presented with the Legion of Honor at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Home in Erie on Wednesday as an outreach of the Ambassador of France to the United States.

Taylor says he loves the award and just tried to “help everybody” during his time in the military. He’ll turn 102 on Dec. 23.

Taylor returned to Erie after the war and later joined the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The French Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and can be presented to foreign nationals who have served France or its territories.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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