Each time Stan Watts' sledgehammer fell on the ceramic mold, pieces broke off and more of Daniel Nevot's bronze, youthful face was revealed.

Nevot, a Frenchman now living in St. George, is nearing his 90th birthday and is one of the last living members of the Free French Forces who served during World War II.

The statue Watts is creating -- piece by piece, which will then be welded together -- in his Kearns warehouse-studio will memorialize Nevot, as a tribute to the "common" and "unsung heroes" of the French resistance after the country's leaders had reached an armistice with Germany.

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