French Consulate honors 22 veterans from Florida at the Holly Hill City Hall [fr]
French Consulate honors 22 veterans from Florida at the Holly Hill City Hall
On Friday March 14th, twenty-two American veterans were honored by the French Consulate for fighting alongside France against the Nazis in WWII.
Consul General Philippe Létrilliart headed the ceremony as the former American soldiers were awarded the insignia of “ Knight of the Legion of Honor” at the Holly Hill City Hall. The Legion, created by Napoleon two centuries ago, is the France’s highest distinction.
Among those being awarded this title stood Mr. Edward Benya, Mr. Edwin A. Carrell, Mr. Charles F. Kitching, Mr. Donald Thayer, Mr. Albert Umbach and Mr. Weber J. Young, distinguished for their determination, courage and participation in the Battle of Rhineland.
Mr. Vito Barbaro, Thomas H. Davis, and Robert H. Rueff were honored for their bravery and participation in both the Battles of the Bulge and Rhineland.
Mr. Harry C. Nivens, Leonard M. Sacks and Edwin Silverman were distinguished for their courage and involvement in the Liberation of Normandy on D-Day.
Mr. Donald F. Beach and William V. Mc Dermott were honored for their participation in the Liberations of Normandy and Southern France.
Mr. Philip Cartisano, George A. Guertin, Helon E. Turmel, John M. Welch and William J. Van Luyn were awarded the medal for participating in the Battle of the Bulge and Rhineland as well as the Liberations of Normandy and Northern France.
Mr. Joseph J. Keenan was distinguished for his participation in the Liberations of Southern France and Normandy and his involvement in the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Edward R. Safford was honored for participating in the Battle of Rhineland, the liberation of Northern France, Southern France and Normandy.
And finally Mr. Joseph Walsh was awarded for his participation in the Liberation of Northern France and the Battle of Rhineland.
As the ceremony came to a close, Consul General Philippe Létrilliart expressed France’s eternal gratitude for the liberation of its people almost 70 years ago.
On March 20, 2014 a new ceremony will take place in Boynton Beach during which 26 WWII veterans will be recognized.
Article published March 17, 2014.