France salutes American World War II vet with Legion of Honor

Julia LeDoux
August 01, 2019 - 2:40 pm
Harold "Bud" Long

Photo Courtesty of Rep. Chris Collins office

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The honors keep coming for one World War II veteran in New York.

Harold Brunswick “Bud” Long was named a Knight in the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony hosted by the office of Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, on Wednesday.

According to a Livingston County, New York press release, Long joined the Army Air Forces on Oct. 14, 1942 in Buffalo. During the war, his unit traveled throughout Europe maintaining and creating emergency air strips. Long participated in several major battles and campaigns stretching from Frankfurt and Heidelberg along the Danube River to South Lens, Austria.

Harold "Bud" Long
Photo courtesy Rep. Chris Collins' office

The Legion of Honor is France’s highest decoration and was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.  France has honored numerous American service members who helped liberate the country from Nazi Germany with the award.

Long was also recognized at the  NY-27 Veteran of the Month and presented with an American flag that was flown over the Capitol Building. He was also presented with a Congressional Commendation Certificate during the ceremony.

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