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Nicholasville man named to French Legion of Honor

A Nicholasville man is being honored by the French government for his service during World War II.

Jesse Beazley has been named a Knight in France's Legion of Honor, that nation's highest military honor, according to a press release.

He served in the 38th Infantry during several campaigns from 1943 to 1945.

In a 2005 Herald-Leader article, Beazley told how he ended up on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

After his transport boat was blown up, he said he swam 600 yards, through rough seas, barbed wire and dead soldiers.

He credited his childhood on the Kentucky River for that: "I learned to swim before I could walk," he said.

Beazley went on to the Battle of the Bulge, through Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany, all the way to Czechoslovakia.

"I'm fortunate to be alive," he said in the 2005 interview. "I was a combat rifleman. They don't last very long."

The Legion of Honor medal will be presented to Beazley at a ceremony honoring 40 veterans at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 105 Shun Pike, Nicholasville.

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