The Marietta Daily Journal – French honor 34 World War II vets at West Point

11
May

The Marietta Daily Journal – French honor 34 World War II vets at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Almost 70 years after Joseph Federico was wounded and captured in the hedgerows of France, he was personally thanked Friday by the country’s government during a heartfelt ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.

The 88-year-old Belvidere, New Jersey, resident was among 34 World War II veterans decorated as knights of France’s Legion of Honor in a ceremony leading up to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. Many honorees had white hair and stooped postures and rose slowly to have the medals pinned to their chests. But, to a man, they said the honor was welcome seven decades after their service.

“I’m just lucky that I’m here to get this, you know, because it was awfully tough for all of us,” said Federico, who spent two months recovering from a shrapnel wound to his leg as a prisoner of war. “I lost good friends from my company, and it was terrible.”

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