France honors Colorado veterans of World War II
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — Veterans of World War II from Colorado received the Légion d’Honneur, or Legion of Honor, from the French government.
The Coloradoan reports the veterans were honored Monday by Christophe Lemoine, consulate of France based in Los Angeles, at the Good Samaritan Society’s senior living facility in Windsor.
Honorees included 2nd Lt. William Powell of Fort Collins, who was a B-24 pilot; Staff Sgt. Harry Maroncelli of Fort Collins, who was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress; Staff Sgt. Philip Daily of Brighton, who was a tailgunner in a B-17; Lt. Leila Morrison of Windsor, who was a combat nurse with the 118th Evacuation Hospital; and Lt. Armand Sedgeley of Lakewood, who was a B-17 Flying Fortress bombardier.
Joe Graham, who served as tank commander, also was honored. Graham died in July after learning he would receive the French honor.