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Ambassade de France
aux Etats Unis

les Charge d'Affairs ai #1791

Washington, August 7, 2012

Dear Mr. Jeffers:

     I am pleased to inform you that by decree of the President of the French Republic on July 19, 2012, you have been appointed a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor.

     This award testifies to the President of the French Republic’s high esteem for your merits and accomplishments. In particular it is a sign of France’s infinite gratitude and appreciation for your personal and precious contribution to the United States’ decisive role in the liberation of our country during World War II.

     The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit. The French people will never forget your courage and your devotion to the great cause of freedom.

     It is a true pleasure for me to convey to you our sincere and warm congratulations.

     In order to determine the means of bestowing the insignia upon you, please contact our General Consulate in Chicago (205 North Michigan Avenue - Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60611, Tel. 312 327 5200).

     Naturally, I remain at your disposal in this regard.
Once again, my heartfelt congratulations.


/s/ Frederic Dore

Mr. Lawrence Jeffers
P.O. Box 488
Hockingport, OH 45739

Liberte • Egalite • Fratemite

Mr. Lawrence Jeffers
PO Box 488
Hockingport, OH 45739

Chicago, August 9, 2012

Dear Mr. Jeffers,

     It is my pleasure as Consul General of France in Chicago to inform you, on the behalf of the people of France, that the President of the French Republic has named you Knight of the Legion of Honor* for your valorous action during World War II.

     My fellow countrymen will never forget your sacrifice. Their children and grandchildren are as proud of your courageous actions as can be your own children and grandchildren.

     This outstanding distinction is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France. It is also a sign of true gratitude for your invaluable contribution to the liberation of France during these difficult times in the History of
our nation.

     It is a privilege for me to send you my sincere and warmest congratulations. Please accept my very best wishes for yourself and your family and friends.

     Merci beaucoup for all you did!

Sincerely yours,

     Graham PAUL Consul General of France in Chicago

*Decree of the President of the French Republic on July 19, 2012.

205 North Michigan Ave - Suite 3700 - CHICAGO IL 60601 - Tel.(312)327-5200 - Fax(312)327-5201


Chicago, August 24, 2012

no. 843

Dear Mr. Jeffers,

     It is a great honor and privilege to present you with the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal. Through this award, the French government pays tribute to the soldiers who did so much for France and Western Europe. More than 65 years ago, you gave your youth to France and the French people. Many of your fellow soldiers did not return, but they remain in our hearts.
     Thanks to the courage of these soldiers, to our American Friends and Allies, France has been living in peace for the past 6 decades. They saved us and we will never forget. I want you to know that for us, the French People, they are heroes. Gratitude and remembrance are forever in our souls.
     You, Mr. Jeffers, are among these heroes. You enlisted in December 1942 as Private First Class in the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 50&h Parachute Infantry. From January 1943 to October 1945, you participated in the Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Campaigns.
     For your achievements, the American Government presented you with prestigious awards the Silver Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the EAME Theater Medal with four Bronze Battle Stars, and the Distinguished Unit Citation.
     To show our eternal gratitude, the government of the French Republic has decided to award you the Legion of Honor. Created by Napoleon, it is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France.
     Thank you for what you did and Congratulations.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ G. Paul           

Graham PAUL
Consul General de France a Chicago

205 North Michigan Ave-Suite 3700-CHICAGOIL 60601-Tel.(312)327-5200-Fax.(312)327-5201

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