Bemidji Veteran Recieves Honor From France
A Bemidji man and veteran of world war 2 is now receiving high honors from the country of France through actions that took place over 70 years ago.
State Senator Amy Klobuchar was proud to present Private 1st Class John O’Boyle with the Knight of the Legion Honor Medal during a ceremony on Wednesday.
According to the AP, O’Boyle was an Army rifleman who had fought in western Europe during the the second world war, which included his recognized service in northern France. He was severely wounded after being shot in both legs in Germany in 1944 and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
The award is the highest decoration France bestows on a foreign citizen.
Later in life, O’boyle was a public school teacher. The legion honor medal recognizes deeds in war and public service on the behalf of France.