France Honors American World War Veterans
France Honors American World War Veterans in the United States
Paying tribute to WWII American Veterans who fought alongside France during the Second World War is a way to express France’s gratitude toward those who risked their lives—and in many cases, gave their lives—defending liberty.
After submitting an application, many American veterans who served in France during World War II were and still are inducted into the Légion d’honneur, or Legion of Honor.
The French Legion of Honor is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May of 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France.
Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive a distinction from the Legion of Honor. American recipients include Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, Admiral Michael Mullen, and even, as an institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Since 2004, American veterans who risked their lives during World War II and who fought on French territory qualify to be decorated as Knights of the Legion of Honor. Veterans must have fought in one of the four main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes, or Northern France.
To submit an application, you can fill out the following Proposal Memory and send a copy of the front and back of your Honorable Discharge at the Consulate general of France in Miami if you live in our area.