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World War II veteran Alvin Perry was drafted into the Army in November of 1943. He was born in Kentucky in 1923 and was raised in a home with no electricity, phone or car, he told the Louisville Courier Journal.
The Germans took Perry captive and brought him to an Axis field hospital in Rouen, France.
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Perry is scheduled to receive the French Legion of Honor Friday, which Napoleon Bonaparte founded in 1802 and is meant to designate “eminent service” to France.
A French official will award D-Day veteran Alvin Perry, 95, of Kentucky the Legion of Honor medal Friday for his brave service in the campaign to liberate France from Nazi occupation.
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Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Legion of Honor in 1802 and the award is meant to designate “eminent service” to France, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.
“The American people call it the Normandy invasion. We call it the liberation,” explained Guillaume Lacroix, the consul general of France to the Midwest who will award the medal to Perry.
“The French people are extremely grateful,” he continued.
Perry was drafted into the Army in November 1943. He was born in Kentucky in 1923 and was raised in a home with no electricity, phone or car and traveled by horse, he told the Courier Journal.
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After 17 weeks of basic training, Perry was shipped to Europe to prepare for the Normandy invasion.
“I wasn’t happy. I knew where we were going,” he said.
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U.S. reinforcements land on Omaha beach during the Normandy D-Day landings near Vierville sur Mer, France, on June 6, 1944 in this handout photo provided by the U.S. National Archives. REUTERS/Cpt Herman Wall/US National Archives/Handout via Reuters.
Perry’s landing craft dismounted on, at that point, an Allied controlled Omaha Beach in France on June 6, 1944. There were still Germans giving resistance to the Allied advance further up the...
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