France Honors Five World War II Veterans during D-Day Ohio in Conneaut

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20th Anniversary of D-Day Ohio – Conneaut
France Honors Five Veterans of the Second World War


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On August 17, five heroes of WWII, Daniel Buzek, Claude J. Koon, Albert J. Kosiba of Ohio, Paul Arnone of the State of New York, and Richard L. Wilczewski of Pennsylvania, were awarded the French Legion of Honor by Guillaume Lacroix, French Consul General to the Midwest, for their contribution to the liberation of France.

“Every French family has a story to tell of perseverance, sacrifice and blood… The debt France owes the Americans will never be repaid in full,” said Consul General Lacroix.

The presentation ceremony took place during D-Day Ohio the largest reenactment of D-Day, June 6, 1944, in the US. This year, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy and Southern France Landings, hundreds of veterans including 150 WWII veterans, and thousands of visitors came to Conneaut in North-Eastern Ohio for this living history event recreated by more than 1,700 reenactors.

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JPEGHundreds attend the official presentation ceremony of the French Legion of Honor.


ABOUT THE HONOREES

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Paul Arnone, 95, of Jamestown (PA), served in the US Navy on board the USS LST 44 as a Signalman First Class. He landed at Gold Beach on June 6, 1944. From D-Day on, he made 27 trips between England and France with troops and supplies, returning to England with wounded soldiers.

Daniel Buzek, 95, of New Franklin (OH), participated in the Southern France Landing codename "Operation Dragoon" on August 15, 1944. He served with the US Navy on board the LST 994 as a Motor Machinist Mate Third Class.

Sergeant Claude J. Koon, 94, of Salem (OH), served with the Company "A", 299th Engineer Battalion. He participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe campaigns.

Sergeant Albert J. Kosiba, 98, of Warren (OH), served with the the Battery "C", 740th Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion as a Chief Radar Operator. He participated in the Normandy, Northern France and Central Europe campaigns.

Richard L. Wilczewski, 94, of Erie (PA), served with the US Navy onboard the LST 497 as a Ships Cook First Class. He participated in the D-Day Landing operations on June 6, 1944. From D-Day on, he made 51 trips between England and France carrying onboard troops and equipment, and returning to England with wounded soldiers.


AROUND D-DAY OHIO


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Consul General Guillaume Lacroix at the French Resistance Fighters camp greeting the American troops


JPEGConsul General Guillaume Lacroix at the French Resistance Fighters camp.


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GIFThe beach at Conneaut Township ready for the reenactment of the D-Day Landing.

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Last modified on 20/08/2019

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