Two WWII Veterans to Receive Legion of Honor [fr]
The French consul general will present the Legion of Honor, France’s highest recognition of military service, to two WWII veterans during a ceremony on October 23, 2017 in Tennessee.
Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive the distinction. Recipients are designated by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Consul General Louis de Corail will present the award to U.S. veterans Paul Willis of Canton, North Carolina and James Mynatt of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Some of America’s best known recipients of the Legion of Honor are President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur, and even, as an institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point.