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WWII vet Anthony Condeni awarded French Legion of Honor

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A 96-year-old Chesterton resident and veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II has been awarded the French Legion of Honor--that nation’s highest award--for his extraordinary bravery and service in liberating France from the Third Reich.

Anthony Condeni was presented the Legion of Honor at a ceremony at France’s consulate in Chicago, on Thursday, June 1.

Today is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, and Cpl. Condeni went ashore at Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day+4, June 10.

Condeni was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division’s 348th Ordinance Depot, whose main mission was to transport truck parts to the front line. His unit participated in the Battle of the Hedgerows and the capture of St. Lo, and Condeni subsequently fought in the Somme region of Northern France, then in Belgium, and finally in Germany itself.

“Thanks to their courage, to our American friends and allies, France has been living in peace for the past seven decades,” Consul General of France in Chicago Vincent Floreani said at last week’s ceremony honoring Condeni. “We shall never forget.”

“The Legion of Honor is the highest distinction that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France,” the Chicago consulate’s press attachˇ, Pascale Furlong-Thome said. “Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the National Order of the Legion of Honor recognizes eminent service to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are named by decree signed by the President of the Republic.”


Posted 6/6/2017





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