REXBURG, Idaho -- An eastern Idaho man who was part of the second wave of troops to land on Normandy Beach in World War II has been honored with a medal from Norway.
The Post Register reports 90-year-old Darrell Neville was presented with the Defense Medal for his service during the Allied liberation of Norway. Lt. Col. Tom Schroder, a representative from the Norwegian government, visited Rexburg to present Neville with the medal earlier this month. Rexburg Mayor Richard Woodland also presented Neville with a key to the city.
Neville was part of the U.S. Army's 99th Infantry Battalion, a special front-line force. He said his unit was largely made up of Norwegian-speaking American citizens as well as newly naturalized Norwegians. Neville was one of three unit members not of Norwegian descent.