Governor Ricketts joins Consul General Lacroix in honoring Omaha WWII Veteran
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, WWII Veteran Ed Morrissette and Consul General Guillaume Lacroix.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts joins Consul General of France in honoring a hero of the Greatest Generation from Omaha. Edward H. "Ed" Morrissette, 96, was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his service in North Africa and Normandy during WWII.
The ceremony was held on October 30, 2019 at the Omaha Army Reserve Center in the presence of VA Director John Hilgert, representatives of U.S Senator Ben Sasse, U.S Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Bacon, as well as Honorary Consul of France, Cédric Fichepain.
"The debt we owe you, America, America’s Greatest Generation, is a debt that we will never be able to repay in full. You changed the destiny of France and Europe forever... You restored our independence, you restored our dignity, you restored our freedom and our alliance with America, so this debt, we will never be able to repay it in full... but our gratitude is forever." Consul General Lacroix.
Edward “Ed” H. Morrissette was a member of the 16th Infantry, First Division, also known as the “The Big Red One,” where he served as a machine gun squad leader, and military policeman.
From August 1942 until September 1945, he participated in the campaigns of North Africa (French Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia), Sicily, Normandy (D-Day Landing at Omaha Beach as part of the second wave, Battle of Saint-Lô…), Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.
For his service during the Second World War, Edward H. Morrissette was awarded several distinctions including the Bronze Star Medal (Tunisia), the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge.
Edward H. "Ed" Morrissette
Governor Ricketts and Consul General Lacroix with Steve Morrissette, son of the honoree.