Hoeven Presents WWII Veteran with Legion of Honor Medal

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today presented Merle McMorrow, a lifelong resident of Fargo, with the French Legion of Honor medal at a ceremony.  McMorrow was honored by the French government for his extraordinary bravery in helping to liberate France.

“Today we recognize Merle McMorrow for his commendable service on behalf of the United States and its allies during World War II,” said Hoeven. “McMorrow is part of America’s greatest generation. He left North Dakota and served our country overseas with great dedication and bravery. We join France in honoring him for his efforts to help liberate the French people and bring greater peace to our world.”

McMorrow enlisted in the military in April 1943. From May 1944 to December 1945, he fought in the battles of Rome-Amo, Southern France, the Ardennes, the Rhine Valley and Central Europe.  On August 15, 1944, McMorrow was part of the landings in the south of France called Operation Dragoon that helped liberate St. Tropez, Le Muy, and La Motte. He also fought in Alsace-Lorraine and the Battle of the Bulge.

“Thanks to his courage, and to all our American friends and allies, France has been living in peace for the past six decades. We shall never forget,” said Consul General Graham Paul.

For his distinguished service, McMorrow has been awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, three Overseas Service Bars, the Parachutist Badge, the Good Conduct Medal and the German Occupation Medal.

The Legion of Honor is the highest decoration in France, and its recipients are named by decree signed by the President of the Republic.