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WWII vets receive French legion of honor

Posted at 5:56 PM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 19:56:38-05

ORO VALLEY (KGUN9-TV) -  A special ceremony was held today for veterans who fought valiantly in World War II. Three men received an international honor at the event in Oro Valley.

They were pinned with the Legion of Honor for their service on French soil. For several years now, France has been seeking out veterans who served on their ground to give them this award as a way of saying thank you for America's contributions in the liberation of their country. 

Staff sergeants Stuart Moser, Waldo Werft and Private First Class James Wulliman received the special recognition they deserve.
 
The French consul for the state of Arizona awarded them with Legion of Honor medal. The award is France's highest military decoration for contribution's to their country.
 
The ceremony brought back vivid memories of their days spent on battling on French soil. 
 
"The French people were in tears when our military band would play their songs," said Wulliman. "That will make you think about it for a long time, even if they weren't shooting at you."
 
After receiving their medals, all three veterans felt honored, and grateful and extremely humbled. 
 
"I'm just so highly appreciative of the French government.," said Werft. "In a way, I don't feel worthy of this high honor because it's tremendous to think that you're getting the highest honor that France can give.
 
The French Consulate is still looking for veterans to give the award to. If you know any WWII veterans that served in France, you can contact the French Embassy here.