WWII Veteran Lawson Adkins awarded the French Legion of Honor

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"Honoring a hero of two nations today in Wilmington, Ohio. Mr. Lawson Adkins landed in Utah Beach in June 1944 and changed the destiny of France forever. Thank you for your service!" Guillaume Lacroix


On April 6, Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix presented the Legion of Honor to Ohio Veteran Lawson Adkins, 97, who participated in the liberation of France during the Second World War. The ceremony took place at the Ohio Living Cape May facility in Wilmington in the presence of the Mayor of the City John M. Stanforth, County Board President and representatives, as well Deborah Ashenhurst, Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services representing Governor Mike DeWine.

PFC Adkins entered into active service in December of 1942. He landed at Utah Beach in June 1944 and participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Southern France and Northern France. He was first assigned to the transportation branch in the 491st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion of the 9th U.S. Army Air Force, and later to the 36th Infantry Division. His unit was part of the Red Ball Express which provided logistic support on the front lines. He was honorably discharged from the U.S Army on December 20, 1945.

PFC Adkins received many distinctions from the U.S. Army including the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Unit Badge, and the European African Middle Eastern Service medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars.


In the news


JPEG‘Vive la liberté!’ WWII veteran Lawson Adkins honored by government of France - Wilmington News Journal. April 8, 2019.


GIFA well-deserved honor. By Tom Bar - Wilmington News Journal. April 6, 2019.


JPEG Honoring a US veteran: Cape May resident Lawson Adkins to receive French Legion of Honor award - By Paul Butler - For The News Journal - and News Journal staff. March 29, 2019.



JPEGHonoree Lawson Adkins and Consul General Lacroix with the Clinton County Commissioners.


JPEGLawson Adkins and Consul General Lacroix with Deborah Ashenhurst, ODVS Director representing Governor Mike DeWine (l.) and French guest Nelly Bonniol (r.)


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JPEG Mr. Adkins and Mr. Lacroix with Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth.


GIFMany family members, friends and local veterans were part of the event, where Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth also proclaimed it Lawson Adkins Day in the city.

Last modified on 10/04/2019

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