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Ripon American Legion searching for liberation of France veterans to honor
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RIPON — Ripon American Legion Post 190 is on a mission to locate veterans that participated in the “Liberation of France” starting with the D-Day operations in June of 1944.

First Vice Commander Ernie Tyhurst announced that the French Government has declared that these veterans will be awarded the “Knight of the Order Legion of Honor,” their highest military award.

Tyhurst said that since the initiation of the effort to locate the veterans, only a handful of those deserving the award have actually received their medals.  It is not awarded posthumously, he added, with many of the WW II vets are passing away at an increasing rates.

Anyone knowing a World War II, who participated in the “Liberation of France,” regardless of their branch of service, is urged to contact Tyhurst at (209) 599-3131 or email Tyhurst@aol.com to begin the evaluation process.