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Veteran Received Highest Military Honor from France

(5/23/14) A 92-year-old Army veteran from Eau Claire has received the highest military honor from France for what he did during World War Two.

 Richard Hogstad was recently given France's Legion of Honor medal.  He served as an Army private, when he was assigned in his early 20's to secretly watch German troop movements.  Hogstad was shot in one of his hips, while he helped capture a German bridge under heavy machine gun fire.  He completed his service in 1945, and he used the G-I Bill to attend at what's now known as U-W Stout in Menomonie.  Hogstad said his recent award represented the sacrifices of everyone who served.  He said his division lost over 12-hundred troops during World War Two, and he was just lucky to survive.

 

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