George Lyall, a veteran honored by France in Coconut Grove

George Lyall, a private first class in a tank destroyer battalion of the U.S. Army, was the sole survivor of an attack on March 31, 1944, when he progressed eastward. A few days before this sad anniversary, on March 15 2013, Mr. Lyall received the highest mark of French distinction and honor: the Legion of Honor.

The Consul General of France in Miami awarded George Lyall, Veteran of the Second World War, the insignia of Chevalier in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur at a ceremony in Coconut Grove on March 15, 2013, to the occasion of AirLines Eastern Sales & Marketing annual lunch.

Born in Texas, 1924, Mr. Lyall enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 1943. He was one of those young Americans that fought to free and deliver Europe and France from the Nazi’s barbarism. He fought well until November 1945.

His behavior and courage in the battles in which he participated in the north of France, Rhineland, and in the battle of the Bulge have earned him numerous honors from the U.S. military, including the Purple Heart.

His commitment was not only limited to the military world. Upon returning to the United States, he became heavily involved in several community services, more importantly he is currently the president of the "Hispanic Heritage Week" in Miami.

On Friday, March 15, Lyall was, for his unique background that helped liberate Europe, recognized by France, not far from Pinecrest where he currently lives.
The award ceremony was at Coconut Grove in the presence of his family and those with whom he worked, during the annual lunch of the association to which he is still strongly attached.

Article published on March 15, 2013.

Last modified on 29/12/2014

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