Louisiana WWII vet receives France’s highest honor

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PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 25: The medal of “Legion of honor” (french distinction) is displayed during the press visit at the “Monnaie de Paris” ((Paris Mint)) on September 25, 2017 in Paris, France. After six years of renovation work, the site Parisian site reopens and offers visitors the opportunity to discover art workshops and patrimonial collections of coins and medals in its new museum named “11 Conti – Monnaie de Paris”. Paris” (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana veteran of World War II has received an award from France for his actions during the war.

News outlets report 97-year-old Lawrence Boudreaux received a French Legion of Honor medal Tuesday for his service at Normandy.

France’s new ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne, bestowed France’s highest order of merit to Boudreaux at a veterans home in Jennings.

Etienne says France wanted to pay tribute to Boudreaux and “all American veterans who liberated France and Europe.”

Private First Class Boudreaux was inducted into the Army on February 9, 1943. His battles and campaigns include Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Among Boudreaux’s other medals are the Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

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