The honor is as follows:
It is my pleasure as Consul General of France in Chicago to inform you, on the behalf of the people of France, that the President of the French republic has named you Knight of the Legion of Honor* for your valorous action during World War II.
My fellow countrymen will never forget your sacrifice. Their children and grandchildren are as proud of your courageous actions as can be your own children and grandchildren.
This outstanding distinction is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France. It is also a sign of true gratitude for your invaluable contribution to the liberation of France during these difficult times in the History of our nation.
It is a privilege for me to send you my sincere and warmest congratulations. Please accept my very best wishes for your self and your family and friends.
Merci beaucoup for all you did!
John Dautel, Post 277, Auburn, Ill.