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JAMESTOWN SUN: Grand Forks veteran receives French Legion of Honor for role in liberation of France

Wednesday, July 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Note: Art Grabowski has been a member of the AAW for many years.

 

JAMESTOWN SUN: Grand Forks veteran receives French Legion of Honor for role in liberation of France at end of WWII BY Pamela D. Knudson (07/02/2019)

An 8-year-old boy cheered, along with the crowd that filled the streets of Montereau, France, in 1944, when American soldiers traveled through, marking the country’s liberation at the end of World War II.

The son of that 8-year-old boy was in Grand Forks on Tuesday to present France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor, to Art Grabowski, a U.S. soldier who was in one of the units that passed by on those streets so long ago.

“It is possible my dad saw you,” Guillaume LaCroix, consul general of France in Chicago, told Grabowski, 105, in a private ceremony at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

“He remembered the Americans being big and tall, and handing out candy and cigarettes,” LaCroix said.

Grabowski, who received the French Legion of Honor medal from LaCroix during a ceremony attended by about 20 family members and friends, was honored for his role as an American soldier in the liberation of France at the end of WWII.

The Legion of Honor is bestowed on those “who have achieved remarkable deeds for France,” according to a news release from the consul general’s office.

 

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