Tennessee Veterans honored by France [fr]
French Consul General to bestow the Legion of Honor Medal upon 5 WWII veterans
As an expression of France’s eternal gratitude to those who liberated it from oppression from 1944-1945, the Consul General of France to the U.S. Southeast, Denis Barbet will bestow the Legion of Honor upon 5 WWII Veterans from Tennessee during a ceremony that will be held at the Tennessee State Capitol on October 1, 2015.
Created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor conferred upon a French or foreign national in France. It recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. American veterans who risked their lives during World War II and who fought on French territory qualify to be decorated as Knights of the Legion of Honor. Veterans must have fought in one of the four main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes, or Northern France. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic, François Hollande.
The following veterans will receive this award in recognition of their courage:
Charles R. Warren, Jr. from Sparta, TN (Staff Sergeant, 510th Bombardment Squadron, 351st Bombardment Group)
Melvin E. Kallio from Oak Ridge, TN (Technician Fifth Grade, Headquarters Company, 17th Armored Infantry Battalion, 12th Armored Infantry Division)
Elmer E. Marler from Lebanon, TN ( Technician Fifth Grade, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Division)
James E. Collins from Kingsport, TN (Private First Class, Battery B, 183rd Field Artillery Battalion)
Boyd Lewis from Johnson City, TN (Private First Class, Company H, 142nd Infantry, 36th Infantry Division)
The Legion of Honor ceremony will be held on October 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Tennessee State Capitol.