WWII veteran Francis Dorsey, of Stony Point, honored at Town Hall on D-Day

Dorsey was only one year out of high school at 19 years of age when he went ashore at Normandy. (6/6/14)

STONY POINT - A World War II veteran was honored in Stony Point today, the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Francis "Mickey" Dorsey, 89, was recognized at a ceremony at Town Hall. The town supervisor and members of the Rockland Legislature and New York state government honored Dorsey's service as a GI in World War II.

Dorsey was only one year out of high school at 19 years of age when he went ashore at Normandy. He and the men in his unit, the 225th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battalion, defended fellow allied troops from enemy planes.

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That's not all Dorsey's unit accomplished. The weather in Europe was rainy and foggy, and allied pilots often could not see where to land their planes. Dorsey and his fellow soldiers set up what he calls “light canopies” to bring the fliers safely back.

Dorsey and other surviving GIs were also honored last month when they received the Legion of Honor Award from the French government at a ceremony at West Point.

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