5 WW2 Veterans from Montana awarded the Legion of Honor

On May 4th, 2013, Roy Cattrell, William LaCounte, Bud Olson, Edwin Ward and Paul Winhofer, 5 World War 2 veterans from Montana, were awarded the Legion of Honor by the Deputy Consul General of France in San Francisco, Corinne Pereira.

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The fifth veterans, Bud Olson, could not make it due to the bad weather. His plane could not take off.

Roy Cattrell

Born on June 5th 1923 in Bozeman, Montana. M. Cattrell was inducted in the US Army in July 1944 as a light mortar crewman with the 319th Regiment 80th Infantry Division. His Journey throughout Europe took him to the Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe. He was honorably discharged from the Army in January 1946, being awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

William LaCounte

Born on May 25th in Froid, Montana. M. LaCounte was inducted in the US Army in April 1943 as a Truck Driver. He landed in Normandy in June 1944 with the 118th Anti Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. His mission was to protect the beach from any enemy air craft. His journey throughout France took him to Caen, St Lo, Avranches, Rennes, Nantes, St Nazaire, Le Havre, Rouen, Nancy, Metz, Verdun before going to Maastricht, Holland. William was honorably discharged from the Army in December 1945, being awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, 3 overseas service bars, the lapel Button.

Bud Olson

Born on July 29th 1921 in Sand Coulee, Montana. M. Olson was inducted in the US Army in July 1942 as an infantryman. He landed in Normandy in June 1944 with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment. His journey throughout France and Europe took him then to the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. Bud was honorably discharged from the Army in November 1945, being awarded the American Theater Service Ribbon the distinguished Unit Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon, the Good conduct Medal, the Purple heart and, last but not least, the Bronze Star Medal for heroic conduct in action in France on June 21st 1944.

Edwin Ward

Born on August 25th 1919 in Tacoma, Washington. M. Ward was inducted in the US Army in April 1942 with the 453rd Bomb Squad and took part in the Northern France and Rhineland Campaigns. He was honourably discharged from the Army in December 1945, being awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, the good conduct medal and the victory medal.

Paul Winhofer

Born on July 25th 1925 in Poplar, Montana. M. Winhofer was inducted in the US Army in December 1943 as a locomotive fireman. He took part in the Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns with the 723rd Railway Operating Battalion. He was honorably discharged from the Army in April 1946, being awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal and the Good conduct Medal.

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To see all the pictures of the ceremony, click here.

Dernière modification : 06/05/2013

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