Georgia WWII veteran received highest French honor [fr]
Consul General Louis de Corail presented the Legion of Honor to James W. Toth in recognition of his contribution to liberating France from oppression in 1944-1945 during a ceremony on May 24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, it recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic.
Jonesboro resident James W. Toth was a Technical Sergeant in the 322nd Bomb Group of the US Army Air Force. He participated in the European Theater of Operations from 1943-1944 as a B-26 Gunner and Radio Operator, and completed 66 bombing missions over France and Germany, including the D-Day invasion.
“Mr. James W. Toth is a powerful example of the longstanding ties between France and the U.S. By this decoration, we, the French, wish to thank him for his brave service. We will never forget his courage and his heroism,” said Consul General Louis de Corail, who personally presented Mr. Toth with the medal on behalf of the French Republic.