WWII Hero Receives French Legion Medal Of Honor At Fairchild Air Force Base
SPOKANE, Wash. - Thursday was a very special honor for a WWII veteran... 69 years after the war.
During a ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, retired Air Force Major Clarence Grimes received the French Legion of Honor medal. It is the highest honor bestowed by the country of France.
Major Grimes entered the Army Air Corps in October of 1943. Grimes was a member of the 449th bomb group. As a group, they flew over 250 combat missions over Europe and Asia during WWII. Grimes himself flew more than 25.
His group was responsible for damaging numerous axis power installations and destroying almost 200 enemy aircraft during missions over Italy, Romania, Austria, Hungary and Germany.
The French Legion of Honor medal is only awarded to members of the armed forces with extraordinary contributions to France.
Major Grimes says he never thought he would receive an honor like this. He says he was just doing his duty like the rest of the men he served with.