Missouri Veterans Commission News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 01, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY – Amos J. Almeida, a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne during World War II was named a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic for valorous action in WWII. Almeida, a resident of the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis will be presented with the award at a 10 am ceremony Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Veterans Home. Presenting the award will be Fred Foggie of the 101st Airborne Association.
Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honor (Légion d'honneur) recognizes those who have provided extraordinary services to France. There are five levels: grand croix (grand cross), grand officier (grand officer), commandeur (commander), officier (officer) and chevalier (knight).
In a letter from Pierre Vimont, French Ambassador to the United States, the award “…testifies to the President of the French Republic's high esteem for your merits and accomplishments. In particular, it is a sign of France's true and unforgettable gratitude and appreciation for your personal, precious contribution to the United States' decisive role in the liberation of our country during World War II.”
A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, Almeida jumped into France on D-Day, participating in the liberation of France. He later fought in Holland, taking part in Operation Market Garden. Almeida then participated in the fighting at Bastogne during what became known as the Battle of the Bulge where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
"America has always answered the call of freedom and liberty. Mr. Almeida's valor and bravery are deserving of this award. He is truly a defining member of 'the greatest generation’", said Larry D. Kay, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission.
For more information, call 573-522-1421 or e-mail Daniel.Bell@mvc.dps.mo.gov