Friday, November 11, 2011

Frank Moore "Chevalier"

Frank Moore was given the French Legion of Honor at a Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony held at Douglas County Fairgrounds, Wed. November 9, 2011.  This is the highest decoration given by France in special recognition of merit for his service in France during World War II.   The French President issued a decree making Frank a “Chevalier” or knight of the Legion.  The decree was read during the ceremony.  In his usual humble demeanor, Frank briefly shared some of his experiences fighting through France and into Germany.  He said one of the “true” heroes of that war was Cloid Wigle, a local Riddle Oregon friend, now deceased, who parachuted ahead of Frank’s unit at Normandy.

The medal was created by Napoleon in 1802. According to research by Lee Lashway, Steamboaters BOD, there have been approximately 75,000 recipients of the Chevalier Legion of Honor (one of five levels) over its 200+ year history.

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