Legion of Honor / San Francisco: 4 WWII american veterans
On October 14th, Pauline Carmona bestowed the Legion of Honor upon 4 WWII american veterans at The Residence de France in San Francisco: James DENNEY, Walter JAYE, Edwin “Gene” MCDONALD and Donnell MILLER. #neverforget
He joined the US Army in November 1943 at the age of 18. Truck driver in the 291st Infantry Regiment, he took part in the fighting on French territory against the German armies, especially during the Ardennes campaign. Wounded in action, he was awarded, among others, the Purple Heart medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American campaign medal, the Good conduct medal and the World War II Victory medal.
Born in Berlin, Germany, he emigrated to Belgium in 1934 to escape Nazis. When his parents were arrested and deported to Auschwitz, he was then hidden by Resistance members who helped you to escape occupied France. When he enlisted in the Free French Army in London in 1943, he was assigned to the French 2nd Armored Division, transferred to England and incorporated into US Army Corps. He served on the continent from Normandy to Armistice, including the liberations of Paris and Strasbourg. For his actions, he was awarded, among others, the French Croix de Guerre, and his regiment has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
Edwin “Gene” MCDONALD
He joined the US Air Force in January 1943 at the age of 19. After his training as a pilot, he joined in October 1944 the 390th Fighter Squadron and he flew several missions over Europe, including North of France and the Ardennes. For his actions, he was awarded, among others, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Battle Stars, the Air medal with nine oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying cross and the Distinguished Unit badge.
He joined the US Air Force in January 1943 at the age of 19. Radio operator and mechanic gunner in the 861st Bomb squadron, he took part in the fighting on French territory against the German armies, especially during Normandy invasion. Shot down on June 14th, he was wounded and made a prisoner of war until May 1945. For his actions, he was awarded, among others, the Purple Heart medal, the Air medal, the prisoner of war medal and the WWII Victory Medal.