- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. (AP) - A World War II veteran from Long Island who flew a bomber mission on D-Day is being honored with one of France’s highest honors for helping defeat the Nazis.

New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Thomas Owens will be among those saluting 98-year-old Harold Smith during a ceremony Monday afternoon, the 72nd anniversary of the invasion of France. The ceremony is being held at the Garden Care Center in Franklin Square in Nassau County.

The former B-24 navigator is among the American WWII veterans who have received the Legion of Honor from the French government in appreciation of their service in France during the war.

The Brooklyn-born Smith was a navigator who flew 30 missions over Europe, including a bombing run on June 6, 1944 as Allied forces landed at Normandy.


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