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WWII vet from Eau Claire awarded top French award

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EAU CLAIRE (AP) -- A 92-year-old Eau Claire veteran has been awarded France's highest honor for his World War II service.

Richard Hogstad says the Legion of Honor medal he received last month represents the sacrifice of everyone who served during the war.  He says his division lost more than 1,200 men, and he was lucky to survive.

Hogstad was an Army private in his early 20s when his platoon was assigned to secretly monitor German movements.

He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for helping capture a German bridge under intense machine-gun fire.  He was shot in the hip and hospitalized in Paris for six weeks.

After completing his military service in 1945, he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, which was then called Stout Institute, using the GI Bill.

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