NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Six World War II veterans were honored with French Legion of Honor medals. The medal is the highest French distinction.
The medals were bestowed upon the veterans by French Consul General Gregor Trumel. A ceremony was held on Thursday at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
The Legion of Honor Medal was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit and accomplishments. French representatives expressed their gratitude and appreciation for their contribution to the liberation of France during World War II.
Medals were bestowed upon:
- Mr. Ralph J. Bertheaud (Posthumous),
- Mr. Louis Bradley(Plaquemines Parish, LA),
- Mr. Aubrey H. Covington (Metairie, LA),
- Mr. Leonard J. Kuckelman (Atchison County, KS),
- Mr. Ubert J. Labat Jr (Slidell, LA),
- and Mr. Lampton C. Terrel (Bush, LA),
The six were named Chevaliers de la Légion d'honneur, Knights in the order of the Legion of Honor.