WWII Veteran Donald H. Cawiezell receives the French Legion of Honor

Consul General Lacroix made his first trip to Iowa to present the Legion of Honor to WWII veteran Donald H. Cawiezell, 94. The ceremony took place at the American Legion Post 711 in Blue Grass, near the Quad Cities.


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Corporal Cawiezell entered active duty in May 1943 at the young age of 20. He was assigned to the 94th Quartermaster Company of the 94th Infantry Division. In this special force he was a squad leader in charge of supplying troops on the field with arms and ammunition.

He participated in four major campaigns, Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He landed in Utah Beach in September 1944 and was immediately deployed in Brittany on the Atlantic Coast to relieve the 6th Armored Division. His mission was to contain thousands of German troops in Lorient, where the largest enemy U-Boat base was established, and in St Nazaire where German troops in the submarine base refused to surrender.

In January 1945, Mr. Cawiezell and his comrades moved to the eastern front on the Saar-Moselle triangle facing the Siegfried Line. The fighting was intense and the German counterattacks severe. His Division lost many men. In March, the Rhine was reached and the lines finally pushed into Germany.

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