John Dinka, C. Don Fairbanks, and Carl E. Simms know sacrifice and valor. The three Clermont County residents risked their lives in the skies over, and on the beaches of France during World War II in order to liberate that country from Nazi Germany occupation.
The men, all in their 90s, were honored by France with their highest honors this year, the French Legion of Honor medal. A local ceremony held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Tri-State Warbird Museum, 4021 Borman Drive, presented the local residents with their medals.
The Legion of Honor is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to recognize the extraordinary contributions of French citizens to country. American soldiers who also served and sacrifice to liberate France were also added to the Legion's rank after WWII.
"These men are not every day veterans," Frank Morrow, senior service officer for Clermont County Veterans' Service Commission, said. "They are part of the greatest fighting force ever established. They are the greatest generation."
The three men were extremely proud to receive the award that was presented to them locally by The Veterans of Foreign War at the Warbird Museum.
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