Seven WWII veterans receive Legion of Honor [fr]


Three WWII North Carolina veterans pose with French Consulate receptionist Pierre Frechette.

Consul General Louis de Corail speaks to veterans before pinning them with the Legion of Honor in Indian Springs, North Carolina.

Consul General Louis de Corail speaks before presenting six North Carolina veterans with the Legion of Honor.

WWII veteran Norman Turnipseed of Douglasville, Ga. received the Legion of Honor at his home on December 4, 2018.

News channel Fox 5 interviews WWII veteran Norman Turnipseed.

WWII veteran Norman Turnipseed shakes hands with French Consul General Louis de Corail.

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Six veterans from North Carolina and one from Georgia who fought in France during World War II received the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest distinction, during two recent ceremonies honoring their bravery and heroic actions.

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive the distinction. Recipients are designated by French President Emmanuel Macron.

French Consul General in Atlanta Louis de Corail presented the award to the six North Carolina veterans on November 28 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2423 in Indian Springs, NC. The veterans are:

  • Joseph Chall, from Pittsboro, NC (Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, 110th Evacuation Hospital)
  • Lewis Easterling from Mint Hill, NC (First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 365th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group)
  • Staley Johnson, from Kannapolis, NC (Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 330th Infantry Regiment)
  • Jerome Levin, from Charlotte, NC (Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 725th Squadron, 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force)
  • William Simpson, from Raleigh, NC (Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company K, 157th Infantry Battalion, 45th Infantry Division)
  • Merle Hammersley, from Durham, NC (Corporal, U.S. Army, Company H, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division). Hammersley passed away after qualifying for the award and his daughter Jacqueline Hammersley accepted the medal on his behalf.

He also presented the Legion of Honor to a Georgia WWII veteran during a private reception at the veteran’s home in Douglasville, GA on December 4. There veteran is:

  • Norman Turnipseed, from Douglasville, GA (Corporal, U.S. Army, Troop A, 106th Cavalry)

Some of America’s best known recipients of the Legion of Honor are President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur, and even, as an institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Last modified on 06/12/2018

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