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.
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
“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.”