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WWII vet from WI awarded France's highest honor


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 .

Eighty-eight-year-old Tyre 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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