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Are 99 ers eligible for Legion of Honor? years ago

Jess Wolf E/394, sent an article about the French awarding Legion of Honor medals to some WWII veterans. He wonders if 99ers qualify for the medal.

According to the article from the Boston Globe, "the French government has bestowed the honor on cultural and artistic luminaries and on high-profile World War II figures including Patton and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004, President Jacques Chirac of France launched an effort to find unheralded U.S. and Allied veterans who fought for France's freedom and who would qualify for the honor. The first 100 American veterans received the Legion of Honor in ceremonies held in France during the days around the June 6 anniversary.

"Afterward, Chirac directed all 10 French consulates in the United States to locate potential recipients in their area."

To be considered for the honor, a soldier had to have served in one of the four campaigns in France, including the Normandy invasion, and have either been taken as a prisoner of war, or awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, or a higher honor.