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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

France bestows Legion of Honor to Beaufort's Jimmie Leach |

Present Arms!

United States World War II Veteran
Jimmy Leach
France's Legion of Honor Recipient

"President Dwight Eisenhower, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Queen Elizabeth II are among the foreign-born members of the order, and James Leach has joined their ranks. Leach died in December at age 87 after suffering a heart attack while driving on Lady’s Island.

Leach was awarded the Legion of Honor before his death. On Sept. 1 in Warner Robins, Ga., the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Pascal le Deunff, will preside over a ceremony recognizing the induction of Leach and three other American World War II veterans from the Southeast into the Legion of Honor.

“I think he would be humbled by this honor,” Marion Leach, his widow, said." Read full story in The Island Packet 

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