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June 14, 2011 > Help us to honor deserving veterans

Help us to honor deserving veterans

Submitted By Michael L. Emerson

Michael L. Emerson, Senior Vice Commander for District 14, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9601, Castro Valley, is assisting the French government with a program to honor surviving veterans who served in a combat zone in France during World War II.

He is a U.S. Marine and Desert Storm veteran, a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Marine Corps League (MCL) and also a PUFL/life member of The American Legion (TAL).

Emerson seeks the help of the public, veterans' family members and veteran's organizations to enable the French government to recognize and present these WWII veterans with the "Legion of Honor" medal.

To qualify, a veteran needs: 1) A copy of their "military record," showing they served in a combat zone in France during WWII. 2) The French government also needs a few typed paragraphs detailing their name, address, phone number, military rank, medals already earned and presented to them, units with which they served in France during WWII, when and where they served in France during WWII, how they served in France during WWII. 3) Importantly, please indicate the current medical status of the veteran for a priority list.

It is intended to organize ceremonies as soon a possible to honor, remember and present the medal to these veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.

All necessary documentation and information should be submitted electronically via email to Michael L. Emerson at by June 30, 2011.

For more information, contact Michael L. Emerson on (510)-247-0777. For more information about VFW Post 9601, visit

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