|Rene Garrec, Governor of Normandy, France, presents
the Jubilee Medal of Liberty to
CWO2(R) Woodrow H. Smith (G Co, 3rd BN, 506th PIR, 1942-1945; POW June 44-April 45)
|CWO2(R) Woodrow H. Smith at the 101st Airborne Division Monument|
The following article was published in The Bugler, the newspaper of the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, Washington, D.C., Volume XIV, Number 5, Holiday Edition, Friday, 1 December, 1995:
Normandy Vets Honored At Arlington Cemetery
Twenty of the Home's World War II Normandy Campaign veterans recently were honored by the Governor of Normandy, France, with a medal commemorating their sacrifice during one of the war's most critical and devastating campaigns.
Governor Rene Garrec, who is also a member of the French Parliament, first laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns followed by a speech and the Jubilee Medal presentation ceremony at the Roosevelt Fountain. Garrec thanked the more than 45 Normandy veterans present for their sacrifice and their efforts which resulted in the liberation of France.
In addition to the veterans receiving the medal, the Superintendent of Arlington Cemetery was presented a medal on behalf of the Unknown from World War II. The medal will be on permanent display in the Memorial display Room at the Amphitheater.
The medal's ribbon colors are those of the original campaign ribbon. On the back of the medal are the words, "Dieu Aide," God Help, which was the battle cry of William the Conqueror when the French Army defeated the Brits in the 11th Century.
For many of the Home's residents it was a time to reminisce. In fact, David Summers and Woodrow Smith discovered they had served in the same division during Normandy. Congratulations to all.