Glenn Pitts, a 94-year-old veteran from Jacksonville, Fla., just became a knight of the Legion of Honor.
— Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (@FLVetsAffairs) November 23, 2019
He’s been many things in his lifetime – a laundry manager, a building contractor, a landlord, a father. Drafted at 18, he was always a hero, although he didn’t talk much about his service. A friend who rents one of his houses helped him apply for the award.
And in a ceremony on November 22, the French government acknowledged Pitts’ efforts that helped to liberate France from Nazi occupation.
Laurent Gallissot, France’s consul general in Miami, called Pitts a “true hero and a great soldier.” He also had this to say when he presented the medal:
“We know what we owe you and your brothers.”
It took about 75 years, but…better late than never.