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The French Legion d'Honneur is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May of 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France and is divided into five categories: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). The highest degree of the Order of the Legion of Honor is that of Grand Master, which is held by the sitting President of the Republic.

Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive a distinction from the Legion of Honor. American recipients include Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, Admiral Michael Mullen, and even, as an institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point. Today there are approximately 93,000 Legion of Honor recipients. 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.

The year 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, a military offensive commonly known as D-Day.

To inquire about eligibility for the decoration of a U.S. veteran having served in France or with French forces, please contact coopcom.mmf@ambafrance-us.org.






Robert  E. Cpl Co I


Nicholas R. T4 Hq 3rd


Paul T5 Med Det


Cipriano Sgt Co C
Graham Chester E Capt Hq 2nd
Hand Broughton L Pfc Co C
Jakeway Donald J. Cpl Co H
Jeffers Lawrence, Jr. Pfc Hq 3rd
Knapp William F. 2./Lt Co I
Lamson Ernest  J Pfc Co A
Laney James W. Pfc Co B
Pavone Nicholas A. Pfc Co G
Porcella Thomas W. Pvt Co H
Romero Angel Pfc Co G
Schlemmer D. Zane Sgt Hq 2nd
Shanley Irving T, Sgt Hq 2nd
Shenkle George A. Pvt Co E
Weiner Reuben SSgt Hq Hq

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