U.S. WWII Veterans Awarded French Legion of Honor (Winter 2020) [fr]
The Consul General Vincent Hommeril has presented eight American veterans with the Legion of Honor, during ceremonies held in Honea Path, South Carolina and McDonough, Georgia in December; in Eden, Greensboro and Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina and Cumming, Georgia in January; and in Savannah, Georgia and Pleasant Hill, Tennessee in February.
Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the French Legion of Honor is the highest decoration bestowed in France and recognizes outstanding services to the French Republic.
“More than 70 years ago, these brave individuals risked their lives for the freedom of France and Europe. France is what it is today, a free and sovereign country, thanks to the bravery of such veterans and thanks to America”, said Consul General Hommeril, who personally presented each veteran with the medal on behalf of the French Republic. This year, we mark the75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The following veterans were decorated:
- Mr. Harold David Andrews, Jr. of McDonough, Georgia (deceased) served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps 416th Bombardment Group
- Mr. Robert T. Bradicich of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina served as Technician Fifth Grade in the U.S. Army 28th Infantry Division
- Mr. Paul C. Grassey of Savannah, Georgia served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps 446th Bombardment Group
- Mr. Charles N. Horne, Jr. of Honea Path, South Carolina served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces
- Mr. Albert P. Lochra, Jr. of Greensboro, North Carolina served as a radio operator-gunner in U.S. Army Air Forces 100th Bombardment Group
- Mr. David D. Nelson of Cumming, Georgia served as a radio operator and forward observer in the U.S. Army 739th Field Artillery Battalion
- Mr. Paul L. Prewitt of Eden, North Carolina served as a clerk and military driver in the U.S. Army 749th Tank Battalion
- Mr. Beecher F. Seegraves of Pleasant Hill, Tennessee served as a general clerk in the U.S. Army 45th Infantry Division