Legion of Honor medal

(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.