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Five WWll MS Veterans will receive France's highest honor

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CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

 This is a news release from Camp Shelby.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center will have the honor to host the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet, on December 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Camp Shelby all Ranks Club as he presents France's Highest Honor, the Legion of Honor to 5 American WWII Mississippi Veterans. This prestigious award represents France's eternal gratitude to those American Veteran's who served during the liberation of France from 1944-1945.

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. It recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive a distinction from the Legion of Honor. American veterans who risked their lives during World War II and who fought on French territory qualify to be decorated as Knights of the Legion of Honor. Veterans must have fought in one of the four main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes, or Northern France. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic, François Hollande.

"It is my great honor to recognize American veterans of World War II who courageously served their country to help liberate my country, France," said Barbet. "I look forward to personally thanking these veterans from Mississippi who will forever be our heroes."

The following veterans have all confirmed their presence. They will receive this award in recognition of their courage:

- Adelchi A. Pilutti from Ocean Springs, MS (Technician 4th Grade, 508th Parachute Infantry)

- William M. Amos from Hazelhurst, MS (Gunner's Mate 3rd class, USS LCT Flotilla Seventeen, LCT 776)

- John L. Balser from McComb, MS (Technician 5th Grade, 3444th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company)

- James B. Jones from Laurel, MS (Private First Class, 761st Tank Battalion D Company)

- James H. McBrayer from Brandon, MS (Private First Class, Military Police Platoon, 80th Infantry, 10th Armored Division)

The ceremony will be held on December 9, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Camp Shelby All Ranks Club (Bldg 2100, 21st Street, Camp Shelby, MS 39407). Upon request, this ceremony is open to the media, after which the veterans and the Consul General will be available for interviews.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center continues to meet the challenges of providing for the Nation's defense by planning, developing, and providing a constantly evolving diverse and demanding training environment to meet new and emerging threats to our Nation's security.

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