FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – France will bestow upon a local World War II veteran that nation’s highest distinction for the service he offered seven decades ago.
Paul E. Ripley — now 95 — will receive the Legion of Honor Friday in a ceremony set to take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Ripley was a member of the Quartermaster Section of the 9th Army Headquarters, taking part in campaigns in Northern France and in Central Europe.
The presentation of the Legion of Honor will be made by Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General for France in the Midwest.
The award was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is bestowed upon those who “have achieved remarkable deeds for France.”
Americans receiving the honor include inventor Alexander Graham Bell, musicians Bob Dylan and Miles Davis, actors Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas and military figures such as Lt. Audie Murhpy, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gen. Douglas MacArthur.