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JAVA Member Morita has High Success Rate in Obtaining French Medal for Veterans

01 Jun 2019 2:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Honolulu, Hawaii.  During the past 5 years, Jeff Morita, a retired US Army Sergeant First Class, and GG-13, Department of the Army Civilian (40-years total service) of Hawaii, has completed and submitted the application forms for forty 100th/442nd Veterans to receive the Légion d'honneur.  To date, the Government of France has awarded this prestigious medal to twenty-two of the forty veterans Jeff has assisted.

Morita offers his public service to assist any living veteran of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team with a nomination for France’s highest decoration the Légion d'honneur.  Established on May 19, 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Légion d'honneur honors extraordinary contributions to the country. 

Strict prerequisites require a formal nomination packet clearly documenting the nominee's direct contribution to the liberation of France during World War II, e.g., participation in combat action on French soil, or territory. 

Jeff’s public service applies to not only Hawaiian veterans, but to any surviving World War II AJA veteran located on the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, overseas, and those who may have served with the same criteria in other military units as well.

The Légion d'honneur is awarded to those still living.  However, once the nomination is received by the French government and the Chevalier is approved, the decoration may be presented to the veteran’s immediate family should the veteran pass away.  Morita  (jeff_kine_57@icloud.com) welcomes any request for assistance.

L-R:  Guillaume Maman, Honorary Consul of France in Hawai’I; Yves Bonjean, Mayor of Bruyères; Jeff Morita 

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