Sacramento resident, World War II veteran honored by France
Sacramento resident Dick Denison will be honored with France’s prestigious Legion of Honor Chevalier award on Friday.
By Bill Lindelof, Sacramento Bee
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- Dick Denison at the California State Railroad Museum
Denison, 89, will receive the high honor at a ceremony that will acknowledge his participation in the liberation of France during World War II. Denison participated in the D-Day invasion of France, among his many military accomplishments.
Romain Serman, consul general of France in San Francisco, will be present at the ceremony 11 a.m. Friday at the California State Railroad Museum. The National Order of the Legion of Honor was established by Napolean Bonaparte in 1802.
Denison was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1942. He retired in 1976 as Brigadier General.
His first combat missions were towing gliders into Normandy during the D-Day when allied troops landed along a heavily-fortified French coast to fight Nazi Germany. After the initial invasion, he flew re-supply and air evacuation missions to beachhead airstrips, according to a press release from the railroad museum.
After retirement from the service, Denison was instrumental in the building of the railroad museum. He later served as a museum guide, exhibit specialist and is still a docent.
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011 - 11:04 am