Four WWII Veterans Receive Legion of Honor [fr]

James Stevenson
James Stevenson
Consul General Louis de Corail awards WWII Veteran James Stevenson with the Legion of Honor on June 6, 2019 in Raleigh, NC.
Alan Hall
Alan Hall
Consul General Louis de Corail awards WWII Veteran Alan Hall with the Legion of Honor on June 13, 2019 in Marietta, Ga.
Alan Hall & VFW
Alan Hall & VFW
Alan Hall with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Marietta after his Legion of Honor ceremony on June 13, 2019 in Marietta, Ga.
Alan Hall & VFW
Alan Hall & VFW
WWII Veteran Alan Hall with a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Marietta after his Legion of Honor Ceremony on June 13, 2019 in Marietta, Ga.
Alan Hall
Alan Hall
Consul General Louis de Corail (right) poses with WWII veteran Alan Hall (left) at his Legion of Honor Ceremony on June 13, 2019 in Marietta, Ga.
Clayton Byrd
Clayton Byrd
Consul General Louis de Corail awards WWII veteran Clayton Byrd with the Legion of Honor on June 18, 2019 in Marietta, Ga.
Clayton Byrd
Clayton Byrd
Consul General Louis de Corail awards WWII veteran Clayton Byrd with the Legion of Honor on June 18, 2019 in Marietta, Ga.
Andrew Negra
Andrew Negra
Consul General of France in Atlanta Louis de Corail (left) poses with WWII veteran Andrew Negra (center) and consulate veteran steward Pierre Fréchette (right) after Mr. Negra’s Legion of Honor ceremony on June 27, 2019 in Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.
Andrew Negra
Andrew Negra
Consul General Louis de Corail awards WWII veteran Andrew Negra with the Legion of Honor on June 28, 2019 in Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.

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In June 2019, the Consul General of France in Atlanta Louis de Corail awarded four WWII veterans, three from Georgia and one from North Carolina, the Legion of Honor, France’s highest recognition of military service.

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.

On June 6, the Consul General awarded James Stevenson from Wilmington, North Carolina in a special D-Day 75th Anniversary celebration. Mr. Stevenson participated in the Normandy Invasion as a Private First Class in the Army, as well as other campaigns across France. For his service, he has also been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and five battle stars.

On June 13, the Consul General awarded Alan Hall from Woodstock, Georgia for his service as a Signalman Third Class Petty Officer in the Navy. Mr. Hall participated in the Normandy Invasion and the liberation of several French cities along the Eastern coast of France. He has also been awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Eastern Campaign Medal.

On June 18, the Consul General awarded Clayton Byrd from Atlanta, Georgia for his service as a Technical Sergeant in the Army. Mr. Byrd participated in combat across France, including the Battle of the Bulge. After being injured in battle, he was briefly held as a German Prisoner of War. Mr. Byrd has also been awarded the Purple Heart, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars.

On June 27, the Consul General awarded Andrew Negra from Sautee, Georgia for his service as a Sergeant in the Army. Mr. Negra engaged in combat across France, including the Battle of Bulge. In Germany, he helped liberate other Prisoners of War and the Buchenwald concentration camp. Mr. Negra has also been awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

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.

Last modified on 28/06/2019

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