Frank Crooks

France's Legion of Honor
4:11 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Three Mo. WWII vets awarded France's Legion of Honor medal

(l-r) Lloyd Cain, Frank Crooks, and "Bud" Jones. The three Jefferson City residents are the latest Missouri World War Two veterans to be awarded France's Legion of Honor medal for their service during the war.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Three Missouri World War Two veterans have received France’s Legion of Honor medal, the highest award given by the French government for service to that country.  They were recognized today at a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol hosted by Governor Jay Nixon.

Frank Crooks, 87, is a St. Joseph native who now lives in Jefferson City. He served in the Army Air Forces as a turret gunner in a B-26 Marauder bomber.  His plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a German airstrip after being hit by enemy flack over France.

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