Fort Wayne WWII Veteran receives the French Legion of Honor
On February 8th, Consul General Lacroix presented the prestigious French Legion of Honor medal to WWII Veteran Paul E. Ripley, 95, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The ceremony took place at the community center of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in the presence of Joe Wasson, Veterans Service Officer of Allen County Board of Commissioners, LeAnne Gibbs, District Director, representing U.S Senator Todd Young, Chris Crabtree, Senior Advisor, representing Congressman Jim Banks and many friends and family members.
During the war, Mr. Ripley served in the Graves Registration Division of the Quartermaster Section of the 9th Army Headquarters where he assisted in the development of the division, and documented the burial sites as well as the personal effects of the fallen soldiers. In France, the 9th Army’s mission was to reduce the fortress of Brest, containing the enemy in Lorient, St. Nazaire, the Loire River and Orleans. After the fall of Brest, the 9th Army moved toward Belgium, then Holland, Luxembourg, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Mr. Ripley was honorably discharged from the US Army on November 14, 1945. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal with 3 Bronze Battle Stars, the American Theatre of Operations medal, the World War II Victory medal, the Good Conduct medal, and the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque.