An Honor Delayed . . .

My great-niece Stahlie Calvin posted this news on Facebook.

My Uncle Theo Calvin is being awarded the French Legion of Honor from the Consul General of France. He’s also received several awards that were lost in the shuffle after the war.

Theo Calvin

The Legion of Honor is France’s most distinguished decoration and is bestowed for acts of bravery during the fight for the liberation of France during World War II.

Theo landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, and fought his way across France.


Here he is with my Aunt Virginia in the summer of 1949 in front of their house in Athens, AL.

Oh, and that’s me he’s holding.

Theo 2006

And here he is in 2006.

The Consul General is presenting the award to three other veterans at the same time. You can read more about it here.


Jan and I headed out for an early lunch. We figured if we got there early enough we could beat the crowd at Jimmy Changa’s, the new Mexican restaurant we ate at a week or so ago. And we were right. We got there about 11:30 and got seated right away, but by the time we left about an hour later they were on a 45 minute wait.

Jan had the Ground Beef Taco Salad and I had the Mexican Caldo Soup again. Jan said the Taco Salad was delicious, the ground beef very well seasoned.

Leaving the restaurant, we checked out several feed stores and hardware stores in the area looking for deer corn. Jan uses the deer corn to feed the many ducks in the area. But deer season has ended since we last bought any, and so it’s getting hard to find. We’ve got a couple of more places to check before we give up.

Our last stop was at our son Chris’ to see if I could fix a couple of problems with his and Linda’s laptop. Turned out deleting and reloading the printer driver fixed the problem.

We finally got home about 4:30 after another nice, but cold, wet day. And it looks the same for the next several days.


Thought for the Day:

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the Body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind . . . Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." – Thomas Jefferson



2 Responses

  1. What a honor for your uncle, even though it is long delayed. I’m sure you and the entire family is very proud of this true American hero.

  2. Stahlie and Theo Calvin are both remarkable people. LIttle Landon has some great role models in the family. You and Jan have much to be proud of. Thankfully, Theo is still alive to experience the well deserved gratitude of France. We, too, are grateful for heroes such as him. Thank you for sharing this story.

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