Snow means Bloomington WWII vet will wait even longer for Legion of Honor medal

Jim Carroll, a Bloomington World War II veteran who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, was scheduled today to receive France’s top military award for foreigners: the Legion of Honor medal.

But because of the heavy snow, the event at the Bloomington City Hall, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and French Honorary Consul Christina Selander Bouzouina, has been postponed.

When it is rescheduled, he’ll get the medal, which was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Private First Class Carroll, who served in the 101st Airborne, has also been awarded the U.S. military’s Bronze Star medal for “acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone.”

The Minnesota Historical Society has an online interview with Carroll about his D-Day jump. He was 20 at the time of the invasion.

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