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NEWORLEANS-- He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, and on Sunday a Metairie WWII veteran accepted France's highest military honor.

The consulate general of France bestowed Clarence 'Mac' Evans with the Legion of Honor Medal in a special ceremony at the National World War II Museum.

Evans enlisted at 17 and was in the first wave of the attack on Omaha Beach.

'I accept this medal only within the name of the 4,035 29th division troopers who died in the 11 month of combat,' Evans said.

The Legion of Honor Medal is similar to a knight ship. It was created by Napoleon in 1802 and is the highest medal awarded in France.

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