From left to right in the photo are French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix, Donald Cawiezell and Blue Grass Post 711 1st Vice Commander Gary Berndt.


Legionnaire awarded French Legion d'Honneur

Blue Grass, IA

During a ceremony at the Blue Grass American Legion on Oct. 14, Donald H. Cawiezell was presented with the Legion d'Honneur by French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix for his service in France during World War II. Donald is a 94-year-old World War II veteran and a 41-year Legionnaire of Blue Grass Post 711. Donald was also presented letters of congratulation from American Legion Department of Iowa Commander Mike Etzel and American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan. Donald was 20 years old in 1943 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. As part of the 94th Infantry Division, Donald arrived in France in 1944, where he fought in several battles. "I went through the war and came out without a scratch, so I was one of the lucky ones," says Donald. "It's just some of the ones that passed should have some of this honor also."

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