MADISON (WKOW) – A World
War II veteran from Brookfield has received France's highest military honor for
his bravery while flying combat missions during the war.
Retired Lt. Col. Edward
Tyre was awarded the French Legion of Honor on Saturday in Madison .
enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and flew 50 combat missions over Italy,
France and Germany from 1944 to 1945.
Tyre received the award
from Paul Graham, the general consul of France in Chicago. Graham thanked Tyre for helping to liberate
the French. The Legion of Honor is
equivalent to the U.S. Medal of Honor.
Tyre's previous honors
include the European Theater Campaign Medal with four battle stars. He accepted
the French award in the name of his comrades, most of whom have died.
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