New Bern resident among four NC WWII veterans to receive French honor

Morton Jacobs with his medal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Four World War II veterans from North Carolina were celebrated by the French government with a ceremony Friday in which they received that country's highest military honor.

France's top government official in the southeastern United States bestowed Legion of Honor medals to the four in a gathering at the old Capitol building in Raleigh. It's all part of the country thanking service members who helped liberate France in 1944 and 1945 from the Nazis.

The honorees were John Irby III of Raleigh, Salvatore Maiello of Fayetteville, Morton Jacobs from New Bern and Robert Senter of Fuquay-Varina. Legion of Honor recipients are designated by French President Emmanuel Macron.