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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Some may say Cleon Wood was in the United States Army Air Force for a short time.

"Three years, one month and four days," said Cleon Wood, World War II veteran. 

Wood made use of his time. He flew 31 combat missions over Europe, including 11 over France.

Wood was even a B-17 top turret gunner during D-Day.

 "That was very interesting. We were assigned an area to drop bombs on. And so I flew down over the English Channel and it was a wonderful site to see all these landing crafts circles around waiting to unload their troops," said Wood. 

Wood's efforts in France made him eligible for the country's top military honor. French officials came to town on Sunday to award him with the French Legion of Honor medal.

"He deserves it. 10 years ago when he was in his twenties, early twenties he went to France ready to die to liberate France and Western Europe," said Vincent Floreani, Consul General De France for Chicago. 

"It's very rewarding to know there was a country that honored veterans for helping them to be liberated from the Nazis," said Wood. 

To be accepted for this award, veterans must apply. You also needed to have fought in France.
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