Ohio veteran, 102, heading to Normandy for 79th anniversary of D-Day

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A 102-year-old Army veteran from Ohio is heading back overseas to the beaches of Normandy for the first time in nearly eight decades.

Richard Stewart is the oldest and one of just a few African American veterans who will travel to the beaches of Normandy for the 79th anniversary of the invasion on June 6.

He served in World War II and was stationed in Europe during D-day.

Because of segregation, African American soldiers were unable to fight alongside white soldiers.

His unit was called to Normandy after the invasion, stringing communication wires throughout the war-torn area.

Stewart’s son Samuel – also a veteran – is making the trip, too. He’s overwhelmed with pride to see his dad honored the way he always deserved.

Learn about how the trip happened by watching the video from WLWT.