WWII vet to receive French honor

Published 9:44 am Friday, November 28, 2014

BLOOMINGTON — A World War II veteran from Minnesota is about to receive the highest decoration France can present to a foreign citizen.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday will present the Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal to veteran Jim Carroll of Bloomington. Carroll, a private 1st class, is being honored for his service in western Europe during World War II.

As a soldier in the 101st Airborne Division, Carroll jumped into Normandy and Holland as a paratrooper and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

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The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Carroll also has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.