France honors 10 WWII veterans from North Carolina [fr]
The Consul General of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet honored 10 American WWII Veterans from North Carolina with the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte on June 15, 2016.
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest 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, François Hollande.
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The following veterans were decorated in recognition of their courage:
Richard P. Woodson from Raleigh, NC (Major, United States Air Force, 96th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force)
Lewis E. Herron from Asheville, NC (Staff Sergeant, 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group)
John W. Newman from Mooresville, NC (Staff Sergeant, 410th Bombardment Squadron, 94th Bombardment Group, 4th Combat Bombardment Wing, 3rd Bombardment Division, 8th Air Force)
Jerome M. Schwartz from Charlotte, NC (Staff Sergeant, Company A, 379th Regiment, 95th Infantry Division)
James M. Bond from Edenton, NC (Sergeant, 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, 551th Bomb Squad)
Vincent Corsini from Burlington, SC (Sergeant, Company I, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division)
Mervin Eugene Hogg from Wilmington, NC (Sergeant, Anti-Tank Company, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division)
Anthony Joseph Buccieri from Apex, NC (Water Tender 2nd Class, US Navy)
Murray Lorber from Raleigh, NC (Technician 5th Grade, 112th Infantry Regiment 28th Infantry Division)
James R. Inman from Elizabethtown, NC (Private First Class, 551th Anti-Aircraft, 3rd Army)
Charles J. Jones from Jamestown, NC (Private First Class, 66th Infantry Division, 263rd Regiment)
Julius N. Watlington fromYanceyville, NC (Private First Class, 69th Infantry, 271 Battalion, Company I, 60 MM Mortar Squad)
To download a copy of the Consul General’s speech, click here.