French to award Eugene man Legion of Honor

French to award Eugene man Legion of Honor »Play Video
Edgar Peara

EUGENE, Ore. - A World War II veteran from Eugene will be awarded France's highest honor on Thursday.

More than 65 years ago, Edgar Peara served as an officer and helped lead the way for invasions of North Africa, Italy, France and Japan.

"When the people at for example the VA hear about what I've done, they say they've never heard of anybody who approached that many locations and many campaigns," he said.

He will be awarded the French Legion of Honor for his involvement in the liberation of France.

"I feel happy about it," he said. "Not that it's really any significance to me, but because the community values it highly."

The ceremony will be held at City Hall at 2 p.m. A represenative of the French embassy in San Francisco will be in Eugene to present the award.

The Legion of Honor was first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

Watch an extended interview with Edgar Peara