INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - 94-year-old James Crump, a World War II Veteran, was celebrated with full military honors in Indian Trail Thursday.
During his lifetime, he was awarded three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and the French Legion of Honor.
"He was a genuine soldier," said Veteran and Friend Conrad Alston. "He was just a kind-hearted man."
Crump was on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day-- where he was badly injured.
"It was just so touching to see somebody that well-mannered and well-tempered," said Alston. "You would never know he went through the experiences that he went through."
"I think the most astounding part of his legacy that I'll carry-- is he always saw the positive in everything and never the negative," said Friend Alyssa Alston.
Crump is one of 22 veterans making up the First Class in the Hall of Fame dedicated to North Carolina's veterans.
"His warmth and kindness-- he always greeted you and never had a negative thing to say," said Alston. "And it's a tragedy that his death is the last of what we would say are true soldiers. Old soldiers never die."