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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

In order to express France's eternal gratitude to those who liberated it from oppression from 1944-45, the newly appointed Consul General of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet, will bestow the Legion of Honor upon 12 American WWII Veterans from the U.S. Southeast in a ceremony to be held Thursday in Atlanta.  

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. It recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic. 

The following veterans from Alabama will be among those to receive this award in recognition of their courage:

Richard Gibian, from Selma, AL
(Major, 373rd Fighter Group, 411th Fighter Squadron, 95th Air Force)

William W. Varnedoe, from Hunstville, AL
(First Lieutenant, 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force)

Lewis J. Baldwin, from Double Springs, AL
(Private First Class, Cannon Company, 38th Infantry Regiment)

Stanley E. Richardson, from Alexander City, AL
(Private First Class, 3rd Battalion, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division)

INFORMATION SOURCE: Consulate General of France in Atlanta

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