WWI CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION [fr]

Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago. Please join us at 10 am on Sunday November 11th at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, during a public event to commemorate the Armistice of the First World War.

The French Consulate will be awarding the Legion of Honor medal to four WWII veterans and the choir from the Lycée Français de Los Angeles will be performing the French National Anthem, La Marseillaise.

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FOUR WORLD WAR II VETERANS TO RECEIVE FRANCE’S HIGHEST HONOR DURING THE CEREMONY

The Government of France is pleased to announce that the four World War II veterans listed below from Southern California have been approved for the award of The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier (Knight). The award is the highest honor France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals.

The presentations will be made by the Hon. Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, as part of the commemoration ceremonies for Veterans Day and the World War I Armistice 100th Anniversary to be held on November 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.

First Lieutenant Edward J. Lopez, U.S. Air Force was born in Los Angeles, California in July 1923. During World War II he flew over 30 combat missions as a P-47 pilot with the 365th Fighter Bomber Group and over 100 combat missions in the Korean War in liaison aircraft. His significant decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart Medal, 10 Air Medals, the EAME Campaign Medal with four battle stars, the Belgian Croix de Guerre Fourragere, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. Ed lives in Arcadia, California and with his late wife Maria of 62 years has three sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Corporal Baron S. Tag-Von Stein, U.S. Army Air Corps, was born in Los Angeles, California in August 1923. During World War II he served as an Aircraft Warning Plotter with the 82nd Fighter Control Squadron in six European campaigns. His significant decorations include the EAME Campaign Medal with six battle stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal. Baron lives in Bellflower and with his late wife Evelyn had two daughters, three grandsons and two great grandchildren.

Private First Class Ventura H. De La Torre, U.S. Army, was born in Los Angeles, California in June 1924. In World War II he served as howitzer truck driver with the 317th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division. His significant decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal the EAME Campaign Medal with four battle stars, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Ventura resides in Fullerton, California and with his late wife Esther of 62 years their family includes a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Private First Class Alfred E. Rocco, U.S. Army, was born June 1922 in Casalvieri, Italy. He served as a Heavy machine Gunner with the 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division in the Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns. . His significant decorations include the EAME Campaign Medal with three battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Alfred resides in Hesperia, California. His extended family with his late wife Emily of 59 years includes four children (two RIP) one granddaughter and three great grandchildren

Please contact the Los Angeles National Cemetery for the full program: https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/losangeles.asp

Last modified on 09/11/2018

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