Colorado WWII veterans awarded France's highest honor

Posted at 1:57 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 15:57:10-04

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — The French government presented five World War II veterans from northern Colorado with the country's highest honor for their efforts in liberating France from Nazi control in 1944.

The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports that the Honorary Consul for France Jeffrey Richards pinned the medal on each of the men to bestow them with the rank of chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor on Wednesday.

The veterans Le Moyne Anderson, Oliver Lee Bashor, Joe Hoberman, Samuel Lesser and Richard Mann were celebrated at the ceremony held in a gym at the Colorado National Guard's Windsor Readiness Center.

Hoberman says he accepted the honor on behalf of his friends still in France and "for the many more that just didn't live long enough to receive this honor."


Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald,