Milford (IN). Daniel Levernier awarded the French Legion of Honor
On November 5th, 2018, Mr. Daniel Levernier, 95, of Milford (IN), was awarded the French Legion of Honor by Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix for his participation of the Liberation of France during WWII. The ceremony took place at the Milford Community Building in the presence of state and local dignitaries including, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, State Senator Ryan Mishler, and Milford Town Council President Douglas Ruch. American Legion representatives were also in attendance as well Mr. Levernier’s family and friends.
“It is a great honor to be here with you to say ‘thank you’ on behalf of the French people, the French government, and the French president, to World War II veteran Daniel Levernier,” Lacroix said. “When you responded to the call of your nation, your people, the United States, you served your country. But you also saved my country, and this is why the alliance, the friendship, the partnership between France and America is so special.”
Mr. Levernier is proud to be of French descent, and he likes to have his name pronounced the French way! His grand-father settled in Evanston, Illinois in the 1800s.
Technical-Sergeant Levernier was inducted in the army in January 1943. He was assigned to the 409th Squadron of the 93rd Bombardment Group.
His group was part of the 8th Air Force, also known as the “Migthy Eighth”. He arrived in Europe on July 3rd 1944 and was stationed in Norwich, England.
During the war M. Levernier served as a radio operator and gunner on B-24, a heavy bomber also known as Liberator. During the war, he flew an impressive 35 combat missions, over Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and the Ardennes.
His very first mission was to attack the airfield of Melun in north-central France, on August 1st. The airfield was used as a base for enemy bomber aircrafts. He also carried missions over Montereau in Seine-et-Marne and Harnes in Pas-de-Calais.
Mr. Levernier was discharged from the US army in September 1945 at the separation center of Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
For his bravery during combat, Mr. Levernier has been awarded prestigious distinctions including the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
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