St. Louis (MO). 3 WWII Veterans awarded the French Legion of Honor
On January 23rd , three St. Louis area Veterans were awarded France’s highest distinction for their participation in the liberation of France during the Second World War. Eugene J. HARMACK, 98, Glen A. HARRISON, 98, and Alfred C. VILLAGRAN, 95, were presented the Legion of Honor by Consul General Lacroix at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.
Consul General Lacroix was joined by Major General Cassie A. Strom, St. Louis Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Dr. Frances Levine, President and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society and Jane Robert, Chair of the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences of Webster University and Honorary President of the U.S Delegation of the Renaissance Française association. Congresswoman Ann Wagner and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson were also represented.
Among the many guests in attendance, members of the French and French-American organizations and associations also came to honor the veterans. Among them, the Alliance Française, Les Amis association, the Centre Francophone... as well as students of French from the St. Louis Language Immersion School.
The Honorees were:
Eugene J. HARMACK, 98, of St. Louis (MO), Technician 5th Grade, communication operator, 329th Infantry Regiment HQ Company, 83rd Division. Mr. Harmack participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns.
Glen A. HARRISON, 98 of O’Fallon (MO), 2nd Lt., co-pilot, 339th Squadron, 96th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Mr. Harrison, POW, flew 17 missions during the Normandy and Air Offensive Europe campaigns.
Alfred C. VILLAGRAN, 95, of Chesterfield (MO), radio operator and gunner, 369th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Mr. Villagran flew 33 missions during the Normandy, Northern France and Germany campaigns.
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Consul General Lacroix with WWII Veteran Eugene Harmack and his family.
Consul General Lacroix with WWII Veteran Glenn Harrison and his family.
Consul General Lacroix with WWII Veteran Alfred Villagran and his family.
Consul General Lacroix with KMOX Charlie Brennan after "The Charlie Brennan Show"