1921, M. Charles Bertrand

Like his peers who received the Legion's Distinguished Service Medal in 1921, Bertrand paid tribute to the Allies' achievement. As secretary of France's largest veteran organization and president of the developing Inter-Allied Veterans Association, he wanted to maintain that unity during peacetime.

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1921, Marshal Ferdinand Foch

In March 1918, after the Germans had displayed their strength in a series of successful offensives, Foch became supreme commander of the Allied armies. Charged with keeping them intact and holding back the Germans, he drew on a lifetime's experience as a soldier. In 1871, he joined the French army at 20, attended a war college and eventually became an instructor there. Forced out of retirement, he became a key French figure in World War I. In August 1918, Foch was named marshal of France.

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