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1946 photo taken before he left for NYC to become chargé d'affaires for military matters at the French Consulate. Note the dual Anchors on his sleeve denoting he is a Fusiliers Marins who fought with the 1st Marine Regiment (1er Régiment d'Infanterie de Marine, 1er RIMa and which was later joined with the 1er Régiment de Fusiliers Marins. Two guesses which medals are shown on my father's chest.
He was also not a naval aviator nor did I photo shop this photo of him to make it seem like he was General DeGaulle whom he knew by the way and with who he and my mother had dinner with when DeGaulle visited in 1960 or so.
Decorations awarded to the men of this regiment:
200 croix de guerre,
70 médailles militaires,
32 Légion d'honneur,
31 croix de la Libération.
The regimental colors of the 1er RFM was awarded 5 citations at the orders of the armed forces obtained for 1939-1945 with attribution of the croix de la Libération, the médaille de la Résistance française and la croix de guerre.
My father at the military hospital he was in for almost a year and another year to fully recover in and out of this hospital. Hospital room, grounds and a photo of him in North Africa in 1941
Parade of Fusiliers Marins in Paris after the war.
The photo of DeGaulle was taken by my father when DeGaulle was visiting the naval base in Brest in 1946.
My father is holding the French Flag in this photo taken in NYC during a Bastille Day Parade.
Of the men in this photo, only my father survived the war.
By the way, to the idiot posting comments elsewhere about a list of Légion d'honneur recipients, France does not allow that list to be made public. Foreign people (not French) awarded the Légion d'honneur are public as they are not covered by French privacy laws nor EU privacy laws. I happen to have the original medals and written awards as well as my dad's dog tags (different then those of the US) and his uniforms which he could still get into. He never got bigger than 165lbs nor 5'9.
For the record, there were over 1,000,000 Légion d'honneur medals awarded since 1803. The great majority given to civilians including actors, poets, painters and politicians.
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."