New Gloucester vet to receive French Legion of Honor medal

Posted Nov. 15, 2010, at 11:12 a.m.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — An 89-year-old Maine man is being awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for his service in France during World War II.

The consul general of France is scheduled to present the medal to Rene Michaud, of New Gloucester, this Friday at the Maine Military Museum and Learning Center in South Portland.

Michaud told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that he joined the allied invasion of France a couple of weeks after D-Day in June 1944. While in France, he served as an interpreter using the French he had learned as a boy in Auburn.

Michaud earned a Purple Heart after he was wounded when a German plane dropped a shell that exploded over his head.

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