A, 3rd Chemical Mortar Battalion and was attached to the 7th Infantry, 3rd U.S. Infantry Division to provide for the amphibious invasion of Southern France on August 15, 1944. His mission was to provide close supporting fire for the infantry units.
This mission was performed continuously as the Infantry divisions (primarily 3rd and 45 Infantry Division) advanced northward to Voisey in the valley east of the Rhone River. At Voisey the attack moved to the northeast through the Vosges Mountains to the Rhine River in the vicinity of Strasbourgh on December 15, 1944. For this effort, John was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Prior to the invasion of Southern France, John and his company provided close supporting fires to the three Colonial French Infantry Divisions and 1st French Armor Division of the French Expeditionary Corps in Italy from early December 1943 through the capture of Rome on June 4, 1944. For this effort John was awarded the French Croix de Gueree with a Silver Star.
The French Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to recognize individuals who made major contributions to the welfare of France.