A local veteran was honored Wednesday for his efforts during D-Day.
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Frank Walden was 18 years old when he found himself as a Navy corpsman that was part of the first wave to Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
Sixty-eight years later, Walden and other medical personnel who were part of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion are being recognized for their efforts on that historic day.
"I'm not a hero," said Walden. "The guys who didn't make it out of there are the heroes."
Walden was presented with a Bronze Star during change of command ceremonies at Beach Master Unit 1 in Coronado on the anniversary of D-Day.
"I can't imagine being an 18-year-old today and doing what he did
not in my eyes," said Sr. Chief James Morrison, a Navy corpsman himself.
Walden said he is grateful for the award and is encouraged that the relatives of those who have passed on will receive the award as well.
A total of 84 medical personnel with the 6th Naval Beach Battalion will be recognized. Survivors or their heirs on the East Coast will be so honored later this year.
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