Franklin (IN). WWII Veteran Harry A. Wolfe made Knight of the French Legion of Honor
On November 6th, 2018, Consul General of France, Guillaume Lacroix presented the French Legion of Honor to WWII Veteran Harry A. Wolfe of Indiana. The ceremony took place at the Indiana Masonic Home at Compass Park in Franklin in the presence of representatives of Vice President Mike Pence and Governor Eric Holcomb, Congressman Trey Hollingsworth, Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett, Gen. Martin Umbarger (Ret.), as well as family members and friends.
Students from Mooresville High School were also in attendance. Earlier that day, Consul General Lacroix visited the school and discussed the importance of keeping the memory alive in the context of Veterans Day and the Commemoration of 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice.
Private Wolfe was inducted in the army in March 1944. He was assigned to the 318th Company, 80th Infantry Division, 3rd Army where he served a rifleman.
From September 19, 1944 until December 22nd, 1944, Mr. Wolfe fought in France on the Lorraine front.
After a few weeks of training in England, Mr. Wolfe boarded the “Ile de France”, a passenger liner that was turned over as a troop-transporter, and set sails towards France. Mr. Wolfe’s mission was to patrol and fight on the front line. After a long trek across France, he reached the Lorraine front and started fighting near Nomeny (Moselle) along Patton’s 3rd Army. On November 8, he was injured during combat after crossing the Seille river. He laid wounded for nine hours and was first treated by German medics while his companions held them at gunpoint until first aid was rendered.
He was evacuated to Nancy before being sent back to England. Mr. Wolfe was honorably discharged in October 1945 from the Wakeman Convalescent Hospital at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
For his bravery during combat, Mr. Wolfe has been awarded prestigious distinctions including the Bronze Star Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with one Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
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