SPOKANE, Wash. -- A local World War II veteran received an international honor on Monday nearly 70 years after an ongoing show of heroism.

Delmer Casper, a former Army Air Corps Gunner, received the French Legion of Honor Medal at the Spokane Veterans Center in a ceremony that was in both French and English.

Casper enlisted at the age of 19 in 1944. He flew 35 combat missions over Nazi Germany at the peak of World War II and held the rare position of ball turret gunner and bombadier. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge and helped storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

The French Legion of Honor Medal dates back to 1802 when it was created by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest award in France but has also been awarded to foreign nationals who showed bravery on French soil since World War II.

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