US veterans who helped in the liberation of France
during WWII could be eligible to receive the French Legion of Honor Medal,
previously issued only to WWI Vets. The French Government has asked the Secretary
of VA for assistance in identifying qualified US veterans for medal consideration,
to be reviewed and approved by the Legion of Honor Committee in Paris, France.
French consulates in the US will distribute approximately 100 medals each
year. Members of the Army Air Corps. Navy, and Coast Guard who participated
in one of the four major campaigns in the liberation of France (Normandy,
Southern France, Northern France and the Ardennes) are eligible.
must have written documentation (normally a copy of military separation order,.
DD-214, and other official orders which verify military history during combat).
Any previous military
awards such as the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Silver Star, the Bronze
Star, the Purple Heart, etc., would indicate meritorious actions during combat
operations. Copies of these documents should be forwarded with the
request for consideration for the French Legion of Honor to the Defense Attaché,.
Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007 (for more
information, call 202-944-6502 or FAX 202-944-6538).