In honor of the 100th birthday of First Army, 98-year-old World War II veteran Jack Baker was honored with the French Legion of Honor.

Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix attended the event, hosted by Lt. Gen. Stephen Twitty in Olive Hill, Kentucky to present Baker with the French Legion of Honor, the highest French military award.


The Kentucky native served with First Army from D-Day in 1944 until the final day of conflict and was awarded five Bronze Stars.  With the First Army, he was among the first U.S. troops to enter and liberate Paris. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.


“I’m surprised anyone would want to pay any attention to me,” said Baker in the press release. “I just did what my country asked then came home and got back to my life.”

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