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France Honors Four U.S. World War II Veterans from Operation Dragoon

France Honors Four U.S. World War II Veterans from Operation Dragoon

Published on August 9, 2011
Military officials and civilians gathered August 6 at the Memorial Amphitheatre of Arlington National Cemetery to honor four U.S. World War II combat veterans of Operation Dragoon, an Allied offensive on the southern coast of France begun August 15, 1944.

Arlington Cemetery, August 6, 2011

The former soldiers were decorated for their roles in the engagement — also known as the Invasion of Provence — by Minister-Counselor, Frédéric Doré, who bestowed the insignia of the Legion of Honor on each of them.

Mr. Doré thanked Lt. Gen. Richard J. Seitz and Mssr.s Roy Brumfield, John Carter and John Keller for their "heroic actions" that enabled the "victory of liberty over fascism."

Several top U.S. military officials attended, notably Gen. David Petraeus, the current Director of the CIA and former Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Other officials represented numerous ally nations, including Great Britain, Greece, the Netherlands and Poland.

The ceremony concluded with the laying of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in memory of those who lost their lives during the Allied maneuver.

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