5 WWII veterans receive Legion of Honor at the Queen Mary
The Government of France bestowed the National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier (Knight) to 5 World War II Veterans at a ceremony at the Queen Mary on September 23, 2015. The award is the highest honor France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals.
The presentation was made by Mr. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles.
The 5 veterans who were honored included:
- Flight Officer Leonard Nelson was born in New York City, New York in December 1923. He was a B-17 Navigator with the US Army Air Corps 447th Bomb Group, and completed 35 missions in Europe with 13 of those in France. Leonard deployed to Europe on the RMS Queen Mary in May 1944. His significant decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the EAME Campaign Medal with 5 battle stars. Leonard lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife Fran.
- Machinist Mate First Class Francis B. Kilduff, Jr. was born in Sanford, Maine in May 1923. In Europe he served in the U.S. Navy as a Refrigeration Mechanic on board the USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69), an escort carrier in the invasion of Southern France in August 1944. His significant decorations include the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal with one battle star and the World War II Victory Medal. Francis resides in Los Angeles, California.
- Technical Sergeant William R. Spurrier was born in September 1924 in Burbank, California. He deployed to England in December 1944 aboard the RMS Queen Mary and served in France with the 397th Bomb Group as a B-26 aerial gunner on 29 combat missions. His significant decorations include the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, EAME Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He presently lives in Seal Beach, California with his wife Janet.
- Technician Fifth Grade Clyde A. Bell, Jr. was born in North Braddock, Pennsylvania in March 1926. He was a Browning Automatic Rifleman with the 94th Infantry Division under General Patton and served in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. His significant decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal with two battle stars, the Army of Occupation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Clyde resides in Riverside, California with his wife Joyce.
- Corporal Joyce Shelley Bergloff was born in September 1924 in Hove, Sussex, England. She was an administrative clerk in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) of the British Army and served with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) in France and Germany and later in the Army of Occupation. Her significant decorations include the War Medal (1939-45), the Defence Medal, and the France and Germany Star Medal. Joyce resides in Sun Valley, California.
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