Veterans of WWII honored in Bellevue, Iowa
Bellevue (IA). On Saturday, March 11, Consul general of France Vincent Floreani awarded the medal of Knight of the Legion of Honor to WWII veterans Mr. Orville Jackson and Mr. Lester Michels.
Mr. Orville JACKSON entered active service in December 1942 at age 20. From October 1944 until May 1945, Mr. JACKSON participated in two major campaigns, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was assigned to Company B, 409th Infantry regiment with the 103rd Division where he was an armorer-artificer.
Mr. JACKSON landed in Marseilles, Southern France, and was immediately deployed to the eastern front. In November, Mr. JACKSON and his comrades fought in the Vosges region where they met heavy enemy resistance. They successfully captured several cities including St Dié, Diefenbach, and Sélestat. Mr. JACKSON was wounded on December 2nd, and captured. He was held prisoner until April 29, 1945.
Mr. Lester MICHELS entered active service in September 1944 also at age 20. From January 1945 until July 1946, Mr. MICHELS participated in two major campaigns, also the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was assigned to Company H, 291St Infantry regiment with the 75h Division where he was a heavy machine gunner. Soon after landing in France, Mr. MICHELS was deployed in central Alsace where he took part in the battle of the Colmar Pocket against the German 19th Army. In February, once the region cleared, combat continued between the Rhine and the Vosges mountains. Mr. MICHELS was later deployed in Holland and in Germany in particular in the Haardt Forest.
The French Will Never Forget!