BEAUFORT — A World War II veteran from the South Carolina Lowcountry is receiving the highest military honor awarded by France.

The Beaufort Gazette reports ( ) retired Army Col. Charles Stockell of Lady’s Island is one of 17 veterans from across the Southeast receiving the National Order of the Legion of Honor in Atlanta this week. The honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

Stockell is 90 and has received four Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for valor.

He was an artillery spotter and in the third division ashore during the D-Day invasion. He was wounded in a mortar attack two months later, recuperated in a British hospital and then rejoined his unit in time to fight in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.