Two World War II veterans to receive France’s highest honor

Hemet’s Richard Buxton to be awarded The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier

Photo courtesy Richard Buxton
The Village resident Technician Fifth Grade Richard “Dick” Buxton.

■ Chronicle News Service

The Government of France is pleased to announce that the two World War II veterans from Southern California listed below have been approved for the award of The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier (Knight). The award is the highest honor France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals.
Technician Fifth Grade Richard L. Buxton was born in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania in April 1925. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in July 1943 and deployed to England in February 1944 as a driver with Battery C of the 448th Anti Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. Following the war, he spent the majority of his career working for AT&T in California. His significant decorations include the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Battle Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Richard resides in Hemet and his family, with his wife Patricia, includes two daughters (one deceased), seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Lt. Col. Larry J. Thorp of the U.S. Air Force Reserves (Ret.) was born in Duluth, Minnesota in October 1923. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the fall of 1942 and completed pilot training in April 1944. Larry flew 28 combat missions in Europe as a B-26 pilot with the 596th Bomb Squadron. After World War II, he stayed in the Air Force Reserves, worked in the engineering field and then as an attorney. His significant decorations include five Air Medals, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three battle stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. He resides in Upland and his family, with his late wife Dolores, includes two sons, two daughters (one deceased) and three grandchildren.
The presentations will be made by the Honorable Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, at a private ceremony to be held on April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at The Village Retirement Community, 2200 W. Acacia Ave.

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