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France Names Charlestown Resident Harper Griswold, a D-Day Veteran, a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor

January 16, 2014

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 17, 2014) - The French Republic has named Charlestown retirement community resident Harper Griswold, a D-Day veteran, a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor. He will be officially honored for his U.S. Navy service that helped to liberate France in a Monday, January 27, ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Griswold was a 2nd Class Petty Officer aboard the H.M.S. Ceres, a WWI cruiser with and American and English crew that served as the flagship for convoys, during the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Olivier Serot Almeras, Consul General of France, will present the "Chevalier" Legion of Honor award to Griswold in the name of the President of the French Republic. The ceremony will be attended by an official delegation from Normandy.