Indiana Wold War II veteran will be awarded France's highest honor

Julia LeDoux
September 16, 2019 - 11:21 am
Legion of Honor

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A 94-year-old veteran from Indiana will receive France's highest honor later this month for his service during World War II.

Jimmie H. Royer will be awarded the Legion of Honor on Sept. 29 during a ceremony at American Legion Post 346 in Terre Haute.

Jimmie Royer
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According to the Tribute-Star, Royer will be presented with the award by Guillaume Lacroix, consul general of France to the Midwest.

Royer joined the Army in July 1943, and served as a gunner in the 106th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, according to the paper. He took part in the Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland campaigns and was wounded on Oct. 27, 1944, on the Lorraine front.

His other awards include the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Royer’s unit was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm for its gallantry in action near Caen and Falaise.

The Legion of Honor is the highest award that France can bestow upon those who have done remarkable things for the nation and was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.  

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