WWII veterans receive the Legion of Honor
The Consulate of France in Los Angeles is pleased to announce that the President of the French Republic has bestowed The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier (Knight) to World War II veterans 1st Lt John Williams U.S. Army Air Corps and Technical Sergeant Wilber Brunger U.S. Army, USA in recognition and of their heroic actions and precious contribution to the liberation of France during the war.
The medals were bestowed by M. Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles during a Memorial Day ceremony in honor of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills May 26th 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.
Staff Sergeant Norbert Cieslak, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in June 1924. He served in World War II in Company A of the 65th Signal Battalion. At the age of 19, he was assigned with his 10-man squad to the 5th French Armored Division under the French First Army. With his French comrades-in-arms, he was involved in the famous Battle of Colmar, in Alsace. For outstanding heroism, his battalion received a letter from the Mayor of Colmar authorizing them to wear the official seal of the city.
Corporal Reid Greer, was born in Los Angeles, CA, in September 1924. He served in World War II in Company B of the 23rd Infantry Regiment.
His company was involved in three campaigns in France: in the Northern part of France, in the Ardennes and in Rhineland. He was wounded in action in Germany the 17th of December 1944 and consequently received a Purple Heart Medal.
Private First Class Julius Posner, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in May 1920. He served in World War II in the 3rd Infantry Division, 39th Field Artillery. With his regiment, you helped liberate North Africa and especially the cities of Casablanca, Bizerte, Oran and Tunis.
He participated in the famous Battle of Al Alamein, which turned the tide in the North African Campaign and represented the first major offensive and victory against the Axis since the start of the war. After the invasion of Italy, he landed on August 15th, 1944, in Southern France. He was in combat in France from that day until February 1945. He helped liberate the city of Marseille and Nice as well as the Rhone Valley at the pursuit of the 19th German Army.
He received the Croix de Guerre for your heroic actions and The Reagan Library made a 90-minute DVD with an interview of his wartime and combat experience.