WWII Veteran Jimmie Royer of Terre Haute (IN) awarded the French Legion of Honor
On September 28th, Consul General Lacroix presented the French Legion of Honor to Indiana native Jimmie H. Royer, 94, for his contribution to the liberation of France during the Second World War.
The ceremony took place at the American Legion Post 346 in Terre Haute where hundreds attended the ceremony. Officials in attendance included Brigadier General USAF (Ret.) J. Stewart Goodwin, Executive Director of the Indiana War Memorials Commission representing Indiana Governor Holcomb, State Senator Jon Ford, Mayor of Terre Haute Duke Bennett as well as representatives of several veterans organizations.
During the war, Mr. Royer served as a gunner gunner with the 106th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. He participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He fought in Saint-Lô, Avranches, Rennes, Le Mans, in the Falaise Pocket, in Champagne-Ardennes and on the Moselle front alongside the French 2nd Armored Division. In October 1944, Mr. Royer was seriously injured during the battle of Lorraine in Forêt de Parroy near Lunéville.
In June 1945, the 106th Cavalry Group was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm by General de Gaulle.
Consul General Guillaume Lacroix with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett.