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\"The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit.\" On February 20, 2014, the French General Consul, on behalf of President Hollande, presented the prestigious medal in a Raleigh ceremony to fourteen World War II veterans. Among them were Carl Russell Britt of Conway and Joe Dickerson of Murfreesboro. Both men were in combat in France during the war.
Harrington records a sampling of North Carolinians who were noted for heroism and self-sacrifice in World War II. Eight military men from the state received the nation's highest award for bravery, the Medal of Honor; four received it posthumously.