How to apply?
Upon presentation of their military file as detailed hereunder, US veterans who risked their life during World War II to fight on French territory, may be awarded this distinction. Those selected are appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor. The Legion of Honor medal is not awarded posthumously.
Created to honor extraordinary contributions to the country, the Legion of Honor is France’s highest distinction.
To be eligible to this outstanding award, the veteran has to fit strict criteria :
- Interested veterans of all the different Armed forces must have fought in at least one of the 4 main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes or Northern France. Actions having taken place in Belgium, Germany, Italy or any other neighboring European countries are not taken into consideration.
- Interested veterans must provide a file with the documents below:
— A copy of the front and back of the Honorable Discharge, military separation order or DD Form-214
— Citations for previous military awards such as the Silver Medal, the Bronze Medal, the Purple Heart Medal or higher distinctions, indicating meritorious actions during combat operations.
— Military records mentioning their mission(s) on the French soil before May 8th, 1945
— A small paragraph explaining their mission(s) on the French soil before May 8th, 1945
— The form "Proposal Memory” completed in block letters and printed legibly below:
- PROPOSAL MEMORY
- Application to print, fill, and send back at the consulate. (PDF - 30.9 kb)
— An copy of their ID (and an authentication of name change if applicable).
- Interested veterans must send the complete file to :
Consulate General of France in Miami
1395 Brickell Avenue, suite 1050
Miami FL 33131
The decision to honor WWII Veterans applies only to living veterans who served on French Territory and in French territorial waters and airspace in 1944-1945. The Legion d’Honneur will not be awarded posthumously.
The review of applications for the highest French distinction may take several months.