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Seabrook Resident And WWII Veteran Receives French Legion of Honor Recognition for His Service

May 31, 2013

TINTON FALLS, NJ - Seabrook resident and World War II veteran Allan Ostar is humble when he is asked to discuss his achievements during the war, but he made a difference. He was part of the 42nd Rainbow Division that fought several difficult battles throughout parts of eastern France, in which members of his unit were killed, injured or taken as prisoners. In 1945, the Rainbow Division accomplished what was perhaps its greatest achievement of the war - helping liberate the notorious Dachau concentration camp.
For his efforts during the war, Mr. Ostar was recognized by the Ambassador of France to the United States, Francois Delattre. Mr. Ostar was appointed a "Chevalier," or "Knight," of the Legion of Honor. The award was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit.
Mr. Ostar, and members of his family, traveled to New York City where he received his medal and attended a reception.
"It was a great honor to serve this country and to be honored for the role I played in the liberation of France and Dachau," Mr. Ostar said. "I was one of the fortunate ones that was able to survive, and I'm sad for those who did not."
Mr. Ostar was nominated by fellow Seabrook resident and World War II veteran Art Wenzel, who received his French Legion of Honor medal several years ago.
About Seabrook:  Seabrook is situated on a scenic 98 acre campus in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.  The community is home to approximately 1,400 residents, many of which reside in the 1,090 independent living apartment-style homes.  Life at Seabrook offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Seabrook can be found at
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