France Awards Highest Honor to WWII Vet from UtahCourtesy | State of Utah Salt Lake Tribune: Dean C. Larson flew in a B-17 in Ogden, Utah, in June 2013, 69 years after his last flight. Larson will receive the French Legion of Honor on July 31, 2014, for fighting in France during World War II.
Each year, France recognizes a small number of American WWII veterans with it’s highest award, the French Legion of Honor. This year, Dean C. Larson received it.
Honorary French consul Marie-Helene Glon will award the French Legion of Honor to 90-year-old Dean C. Larson at the state Capitol Thursday afternoon.
Gov. Gary Herbert and state Veterans and Military Affairs director Gary Harter are scheduled to speak at the event.
The governor’s office says Larson was wounded on his fifteenth mission to Bordeaux, France while operating a ball turret for a U.S. Army Air Corp. B-17 bomber crew.
Larson, who lives in Ogden with his wife, flew 33 combat missions, including two bombing missions to the Normandy coast on D-Day.
It’s heartwarming that France still recognizes the veterans of WWII who saved France from the tyrannical rule of the Nazis. These men truly were the greatest generation. Their legend will live on throughout the ages, and generations will look up to them for inspiration in times of trial. They showed what America was all about. They served their country with distinction and honor, and we will forever be in their debt for ridding the world of some of the greatest evils ever seen.
Congratulations Dean C. Larson, we salute you.