Légion d’honneur bestowed upon a World War II Veteran
On Sunday September 16, 2012 the Consul General of France, Mr. Jean-Claude Brunet bestowed the "Légion d’honneur" upon Clarence "Mac" Evans, a World War II Veteran originally from West Virginia, who has been living in New Orleans for 45 years.
Mr. Evans was a photographer and went in the US army in Dec 1942. He was sent to Liverpool on Dec 20 1943. The 6th of June 1944, Mr. Evans with the 29th infantry regiment landed on Omaha Beach and activily took part of the first assault wave.
He also fought in the Northern part of France, in the Rhine region and also in Central Europe.
His exceptional courage was noticed and he was awarded the following decoration:
- Purple Heart
- Good Conduct
- Croix de Guerre (Fourragère)
- Bronze Star - ETO
- Normandie Terre de Liberté 2009
He obtained an expression of commendation by the house of representives in Louisiana
He has been cited in several Louisiana newspaper’s articles as a key person from New Orleans in the success of the operations lead in Normandy.
He was demobilized in Oct 1945.