WWII veterans receive Legion of Honor in North Carolina [fr]
In a continued effort to honor American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of France in 1944-1945, Consul General Louis de Corail hosted two ceremonies in North Carolina, where he bestowed the Legion of Honor upon 10 veterans from North and South Carolina.
First, on November 11, the Consul General presided over a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Indian Trails, NC where the following veterans received the rank of knight in recognition of their courage:
• Charles J. Richardson from Charlotte, NC (Technical Sergeant, 8th Air Force; 390th BG; 571st Squadron);
• Andrew J. McMahon from Blythewood, SC (Staff Sergeant, Company E, 276th Infantry, 70th Infantry Division);
• William T. Rachui from Mooresville, NC (Staff Sergeant, Company G, 474th Infantry Regiment);
• James B. Crump from Indian Trail, NC (Private First Class, 13th Infantry Regiment of the 8th Division);
• Aster R. Rider from Lexington, NC (Private First Class, 320th regiment; 35th Infantry) ;
• Harold M. Granger from Greenville, SC (Private, 1st Engineer Special Brigade, 531st Shore Regiment).
A second ceremony was held at the State Capitol in Raleigh on November 17. There, the following veterans were honored:
• John P. Irby, III from Raleigh, NC (First Lieutenant, Company C, 86th Calvary Squadron, 6th Armored Division)
• Salvatore Maiello from Fayetteville, NC (Technician 5th Grade, 67th AAA Gun Battalion)
• Morton Jacobs from New Bern, NC (Private First Class, 1st Canadian American Special Service Force)
• Robert C. Senter from Fuquay-Varina, NC (Private First Class, Co K, 329th regiment, 83rd Infantry)
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest military 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, Emmanuel Macron.