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Three WWII veterans in the Omaha metro receive French Legion of Honor

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 9:54 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Three local veterans at three different nursing homes received a prestigious honor today. One man who was celebrated for his accomplishment is over 100 years old.

Today, Herbert Hahn Jr. is the man of the hour at Remington Heights. Hahn is a WWII veteran.

He served in the Army, running radio communications in seven campaigns from Africa to Europe. More than 75 years later, that service hasn’t been forgotten.

“He was everywhere doing his duty. Helping his fellow servicemen and women to only fight, but win,” said Guillaume Lacroix, the Consul General of France of the Midwest.

Friends and family watched as Hahn received the French Legion of Honor medal, the country’s highest honor.

“I’m very proud of his accomplishments. It’s just a privilege to know somebody who fought in WWII and came back alive,” said Mark Heavrin, a friend of Herbert.

The award almost had Herbert lost for words.

“No way to describe how glad I am to get that. I’m really honored that they let me present me with that,” said Hahn.

The General of France says this is a day to thank not only men like Herbert but also show unity between America and France.

“Today is also an opportunity to the soldiers who died in action or came back but no longer here. We are grateful to America’s greatest generation and we will forever be grateful.”

The other two men who received the high honor were William Brown at Immanuel Village and Gail Farell from Midlands nursing home in Council Bluffs.

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