WWII veteran Bradford Freeman honored with coining ceremony

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CALEDONIA, Miss. (WCBI) – A second day of honors continues for a Lowndes County World War II veteran.

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Bradford Freeman is the last surviving original member Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

He and other service members parachuted into Normandy, France on D-Day during WWII.

Friday, members of the 506, along with Columbus Air Force Base, and local leaders presented Freeman with a coin.

The coin is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

“This is a surprise and an honor, and I never thought I would ever receive such an honor because you never thought what you were doing would be known to people,” said Freeman.

Freeman, a Caledonia native, was in every major engagement in WWII.

He also played a crucial role in the HBO television series “Band of Brothers.”