The Legion of Honor is awarded to French citizens as well as to foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it defends, including individuals who have contributed professionally to the country, as well as veterans such as Americans who have risked their lives during WWII. fighting on French soil.
The President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron designates the recipients of the Legion of Honor. Mr. Snypes will be decorated by the Consul General of France in Atlanta Vincent Hommeril. Here is a brief summary of Mr. Snypes’ involvement in WWII:
Mr. Earl H. Snypes entered active service in the United States Army on April 10, 1944. After basic infantry training at Camp Wheeler in Georgia, he embarked on a ship for Europe, arriving in the north of France a few months after D-Day Normandy landings. As an assistant gunner – light mortar crew member of Company K of the 26th Infantry, he took part in the military campaigns in the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. In recognition of his service, he received the Combat Infantry Badge, the American Theater Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the WWII Victory Medal, among others.
Among the best-known American recipients of the Legion of Honor are Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur and, as an institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. Snypes and the Consul General will be available after the ceremony for comment.
What: Ceremony of the Legion of Honor
When: Tuesday June 1, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.
Or: Église Mountain View, 2221 North Fork-Right Fork, Black Mountain, NC 28711