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MARTINSBURG, W.VA. — A West Virginia veteran has been honored by Norway for his service in the nation with a U.S. Army battalion during World War II.
A delegation of Norwegian officials recently traveled to Martinsburg to present the Norwegian Defense Participation Medal to 88-year-old Lawrence Howie.
Howie was a member of the U.S. Army’s 99th Infantry Battalion. The battalion was a special unit of Norwegian-Americans and Norwegian exiles formed by the Army for a possible invasion of Norway, which was occupied by Germany. There wasn’t an invasion but the battalion oversaw the exit of German soldiers from Norway at the end of the war.
Howie tells The Journal that receiving the honor was unexpected but it feels good.