WW2 veteran Ellis Booth awarded the French Legion of Honor
On March 13th, Corinne Pereira, Deputy Consul general of France in San Francisco, went to Redding, CA., to award the Legion of Honor to WW2 veteran Ellis Booth. The ceremony was held by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Shasta county being the first Purple Heart County in the U.S.
Ellis Booth was born on April 24th 1923 in Red Oak, Oklahoma. Before turning 20, he was inducted in the infantry in the US Army in January 1943 as a Rifleman with the Company A 1st Regiment.
His journey took him first to Normandy in June 1944 and then throughout Europe. He was wounded in action in Luxemburg in December 1944. The battles and campaigns he took part in during World War II speak volumes : Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.
Ellis Booth was released from the Army in September 1945, being awarded the European African Middle Eastern campaign medal with 5 bronze stars, the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.