Bemidji Veteran Recieves Honor From France

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 at 10:06 am

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.

1 Comment

  1. Joanna 04/8/14 at 5:48am

    Amazing that France pays such great honors to foreigners who protected the country and made great impact on the society. Bet O’boyle is an amazing teacher with such solid life experience and France travel stories to share with the students.

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