WWII vet's story links French, US towns


LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- A World War II veteran has forged a unique connection between a French village that considers him a savior and his hometown of Lawrenceburg.

Robert Hamsley is credited with liberating Plelo in western France in August 1944, saving the lives of several villagers about to be executed by the Nazis.

Since 1990, Hamsley has been the focal point for what has blossomed into a cross-cultural relationship between residents in Plelo and Lawrenceburg. Each town has played host to visitors from the other over the years.

This year at age 90, Hamsley is returning to Plelo for what may be his last visit to the village he first saw 65 years years ago.

But he thinks the Lawrenceburg-Plelo connection that has spanned decades and thousands of miles will continue without him.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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