World War II vet presented Legion of Honor medal

Randall Hunter, World War II combat veteran and recipient of two bronze star medals, has been awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the president of the French Republic. Created to honor extraordinary contributions to the country, the Legion of Honor is France’s highest distinction.

U.S. veterans who fought in at least one of the three main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence/Southern France or Northern France, may be awarded this distinction. Those selected are appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor. Since only a small number of Legion of Honor medals are awarded each year in the United States, care is taken to nominate only those with the most distinguished records.

Hunter was recognized for his valorious action in the The Battle of the Colmar Pocket in the Alsace Lorraine region of France. This second Battle of the Bulge cost the Americans and their French comrades-in-arms nearly as many casualties. The battle marked the end of the war for the citizens of Colmar and was the last to be fought on French soil.

Hunter, a lifelong resident of Marietta, recently celebrated his 88th birthday.