Marietta vet receives French honor

MARIETTA – Randall Hunter of Marietta, a World War II combat veteran and recipient of two Bronze Stars, has been awarded the Legion of Honor by the president of France.

The Legion of Honor is France’s highest distinction for extraordinary contributions to the country. Those selected are appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor.

Because only a small number of medals are awarded each year in the United States, care is taken to nominate only those with the most distinguished records, officials said.

U.S. veterans who fought in at least one of the three main campaigns of the liberation of France the landing at Normandy, Provence/Southern France or Northern France can be awarded the Legion of Honor.

Hunter was recognized for his valorous action in the Battle of the Colmar Pocket in the Alsace – Lorraine region of France. This second Battle of the Bulge cost the Americans and French nearly as many casualties.

The battle marked the end of the war for the citizens of Colmar and was the last to be fought on French soil.

Hunter, a lifelong resident of Marietta, recently celebrated his 88th birthday.