MILFORD — As America prepares to honor its veterans on Sunday, one our nation’s oldest allies came to Milford to bestow one of its highest honors on a member of the greatest generation. On Monday, dozens of people crowded into the Milford Community Building to witness Dan Levernier receive the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in the liberation of France during World War II. Serving as a radio gunner on a B-24 heavy bomber for the 409th Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Force, Levernier and his crewmates participated in dozens of missions, most concentrated on Germany. The first three missions, however, were conducted over France in an effort to free that country from Hitler’s grasp.
Presenting the medal to Levernier was Guillaume Lacroix, consul general from the French Consulate in Chicago. Lacroix spoke passionately about the importance of the actions of Levernier and his B-24 crew in ensuring the liberation of his homeland.
“I am here to make Dan Levernier a true French hero,” remarked Lacroix. “When you answered the call of your nation, you also saved my country.”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and Indiana State Senator Ryan Mishler, both of whom made remarks commemorating the occasion. Representatives of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Senator Joe Donnelly also were present and made remarks to the gathering on behalf of their respective bosses.
Members of the Ancil Geiger American Legion Post 226 presented and retired the colors while Milford Town Council President Doug Ruch provided introductions and closed the ceremony.
Refreshments provided by the town of Milford were provided following the event, which was attended by numerous members of Levernier’s family, friends and neighbors.