List of foreign recipients of the Légion d'Honneur

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The Order of Légion d'Honneur is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

Membership in the Légion d'Honneur is restricted to French nationals.[1] Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds[2] may, however, receive a distinction of the Légion, which is nearly the same thing as membership in the Légion. Foreign nationals who live in France are submitted to the same requirements as Frenchmen. Foreign nationals who live abroad may be awarded a distinction of any rank or dignity in the Légion.

A complete, chronological list of the members of the Legion of Honour nominated from the very first ceremony in 1803 to now does not exist. The number is estimated at one million. Among them about 3 000 were decorated with the Grand Cross (including 1 200 French).[3]

Algeria[edit]

Abdelkader El Djezairi wearing the sash of the Légion d'honneur in 1860
Si Kaddour Benghabrit
Si Bouaziz Ben Gana, Caid of Zibans, Algeria

Algeria was part of the French territory from 1830 to 1962.[4]

Grand Cross
  1. Abdelkader El Djezairi (1860), Algerian religious and military leader who led a struggle against the French colonial invasion in the mid-19th century. In 1860, Abdelkader, who was living in exile in Syria, fought to save thousands of Christians in Damascus during the conflict between the Druze and Maronites. The French government then bestowed on him the Grand Cross of the Légion d'honneur.[4][5]
  2. Si El Hadj Djelloul Ben Lakhdar (1928), bachagha of Larbaâ de Laghouat[4][6]
  3. Si Moulay Ould Si Mohamed Ben Miloud (1929), bachagha of Ameurs[4]
  4. Si Bouaziz Ben M'Hamed Ben Gana (1930), cheik el Arab, bachagha of Zibans[4][7][8]
  5. Ou Rabah Abderrahmane Ben Mahmoud (1930), caid[4][9]
  6. Ben Mohamed Si Sahraoui (1930), bachagha of Trézel in Algeria[4][10]
  7. Bensael Mohammed Ben Abdallah (1937), caid in Constantine[4]
  8. Si Kaddour Benghabrit (1939), official and founder of the Muslim Institute of the Great Mosque of Paris.[4][11]
  9. Benabdelkrim Ahmed Ben Abdelkader (1939), bachagha of Douar Sidi-Aïssa[4]
  10. Lakhdar Ben Mohamed Brahimi (1945), bachagha in Bir-Rabalou[4][12]
  11. Ferhat Belkacem Ben Djelloul (1945), bachagha in Teniet-El-Llaad[4]
  12. Tekouk Abdelkader (1945), bachagha of Zaouta of Bouguirat.[4]
  13. Benaffane Khelifa Ould Larbi (1945), bachagha of La Mekerra.[4]
  14. Masrali Abdelaziz Ben Si Smail Ben Masrali Ali (1945), bachagha of Mesaaba.[4]
  15. Ferrhat Dehilis Ben Djelloul (1945), bachagha of Larbaa[4]
  16. Mahledine Belgacem (1947), bachagha[4]
  17. Mohamed Mustapha Benbadis (1947), bachagha[4][13]
  18. Mohammed Benelmouaz (1949), bachagha[4][14]
  19. Benaly Cherif Mohamed Ben Mohamed (1949), cherif of Douars Chellata Ighram and Bouhamza.[4]
  20. Salah Tahar (1949), bachagha of Beni Rached[4]
  21. Benabib Abdelaziz (1951), bachagha of Douar Tala-Ifacen[4]
  22. Bendali Slimane Ben Smaîne (1954), bachagha[4]
  23. Lahrech Si Ahmed Ben Si Mohamed (1955), bachagha[4]
Grand Officer
Commander

Argentina[edit]

Australia[edit]

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston wearing his Légion d'honneur and other insignia in 2009.
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Chevalier
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sir Michael Bruxner, KBE, DSO, JP (1917), later to become a prominent NSW politician, was appointed as a Chevalier "in recognition of distinguished services" during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in the First World War.[45]
  • Lieutenant General Sir Leslie Morshead, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED (1919), 33rd Battalion, AIF, Appointed Officier during World War I[40]
  • James Taylor (1927), Australian Olympic Federation President[46]
  • Professor Francis Patrick Donovan AM (1998), appointed Chevalier in recognition of services to the International Court of Arbitration and the relationship between France and Australia.[citation needed]
  • The Hon. Tom Hughes, AO, QC (2005), prominent barrister and Attorney-General in the Gorton Government, appointed Chevalier for his contribution as an RAAF pilot in the D-Day landings
  • Suzanne Cory, AC (2009), professor of medical research with the Institut Pasteur[citation needed]
  • Duncan Kerr, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (2011)[citation needed]
  • Professor Cheryl Saunders AO (2012), laureate professor and holder of a personal chair in law at Melbourne Law School.
  • Professor Kurt Lambeck AO, FRS, FAA, FRSN, (2013), geoscientist who helped establish the Centre national d'études spatiales.[47]
  • Christopher Jenkins (2013) engineer and CEO Thales Australia was appointed Chevalier in recognition of services to the development of French industry within Australia.[48]
  • Robert Jenkins, World War II radio operator RAAF, Clothiers Creek, NSW, received the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, on 30 December 2015 for his service in the Royal Australian Air Force in the liberation of France.[49]
  • Thomas Lofthouse (2014) Bomber Command veteran of WWII D Day.<Department of Veterans' Affairs>
  • Vern Scantleton (2015) French Ambassador to Australia Christophe Lecourtier awarded Flight Lieutenant Scantleton the rank of Chevalier in the Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour) on 12 June.[50]
  • Edmund Charles Spencer World War I veteran awarded the Légion d'Honneur on the 80th anniversary of the armistice.
  • Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC (2015), Chief of the Defence Force.
  • Laurence Larmer (2015) World War II Bomber Command Veteran awarded the Legion d'Honneur[51]
  • Flight Lieutenant Murray Adams (2015) was appointed Chevalier for his service as an RAAF fighter pilot in the liberation of France during World War II.
  • Flight Lieutenant David Alexander Henry DFC was awarded the decoration of Chevalier on 7August2015 for his service as an RAAF Lancaster bomber pilot in 103 Squadron in the liberation of France during World War II.[52] The medal was presented by General Jean-Louis Georgelin at the Sydney War Memorial on 5November2015.
  • William Brown Kelliher Perth, Western Australia; Pilot with Squadrant 458 RAAF during World War II. Awarded the Légion d'Honneur in November 2015 for his role in the liberation of France.
  • Don Huxtable was appointed the rank of Chevalier in 2015 after flying 32 missions during WW2[53]
  • Geoffrey Victor Malon, DFC. Flight Lieutenant RAF World War II. Served as Navigator 207 Squadron, 5 Group, Bomber Command during the liberation of France. Appointed Chevalier De La Legion D'Honneur 9 October 2015.
  • Barry and Yvonne Gracey Appointed Chevalier de la Légion D'Honneur on Saturday 23 July 2016 in Pozières to acknowledge their contribution to the remembrance of the Battle of Pozières 100 years ago. http://www.pozieresremembered.com.au/

Austria[edit]

Chevalier

Armenia[edit]

General Andranik Ozanian, Armenian military commander and statesman
Officier

Azerbaijan[edit]

  • Eldar Garibov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Unibank Commercial Bank OJSC, received his Légion d'Honneur on 10 April 2015 in recognition of his services in contributing to the development of Azerbaijani-French relationships.[55]

Bangladesh[edit]

French Ambassador to Bangladesh Michel Lummaux conferred the most distinguished order Chevalier de la Legion of d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of honour) on Nizam at a ceremony in Chittagong on 24 July.

French President Jacques Chirac announced Nizam's name for the award on 4 June.[57]

Belgium[edit]

Madeleine Herman de Blic, a Belgium-born naturalized Indian social worker and humanist received the honor in 2013. She is the founder of Volontariat, a Puducherry-based non governmental organization engaged in social welfare activities.[58]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Brazil[edit]

José Paranhos, Viscount of Rio Branco. Wearing the sash of the Légion d'honneur and other orders in 1875.

Canada[edit]

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Battle for the Liberation of France, the French Republic with Veterans Affairs Canada identified over 1000 surviving veterans. Eligible citizens had a short window of opportunity in 2014 to apply. After realizing that other deserving veterans were missed, nominations were reopened in 2015.[67]

  • Ivan MacLean Acorn (6 Apr 1912 – 3 Feb 2016), Captain (retd) WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals attached to The Winnipeg Rifles, landed on DDay, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Gordon Allen, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, 10 July 2016 in Fowlers Corner, Ontario [68]
  • F. Roy Armstrong, WWII veteran, The Royal Regina Rifles, who landed on D-Day at Juno Beach, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in August 2014 for his participation in the liberation of France. He also served in the liberation of the Netherlands.
  • William Wilfred Baird, RCAF WWII veteran, served in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany was awarded the Chevalier (Knight) Legion of Honour Medal on 8 September 2014.[citation needed]
  • Edgar Bedard, WW2 veteran of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, was presented the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, 5 December 2015 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario for his participation in the liberation of France.[69]
  • Rodrigue Berger, Sherbrooke, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • James Bennet, World War Two, 1st Battalion of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment. Presented 8 May 2015.
  • Stanley Z. BIENIAWSKI, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Joe Bill, WWII veteran who served in Normandy was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in August 2014 for his participation in the liberation of France.[citation needed]
  • William Avery "Billy" Bishop VC (1918), Air Marshal and highest scoring Canadian ace of the First World War; appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • George Bova, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Air Force, posthumously awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • John Reynold Bray, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Arthur Bridge, WWII veteran of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, was made a Chevalier in 2015 for his role in the liberation of France in 1944. He took part in the Battle of Normandy, including at Hill 195 Operation Totalize and St. Lambert sur Dives Saint-Lambert, Calvados in the Falaise Gap (Falaise pocket) and the Battle of Igoville on the Seine
  • Albert (Bert) William Bridgewater, WWII veteran, Captain (Ret'd) Royal Canadian Engineers, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Alfred (Alf) Brooks, Pte (ret'd), WW2 veteran, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier on 19 December 2015 in Severn Bridge, Ontario for his participation in the liberation of France.[72]
  • Ernest "Ernie" Brooks (1921-2016), WWII Veteran, Dispatch Rider. Awarded rank of Chevalier November 9, 2015[73]
  • Joseph Burke, WWII veteran, dispatch rider with the Toronto Scottish Regiment. Received award in the rank of Chevalier, August 8, 2015 at Royal Canadian Legion Grandona Branch 124 Iona, Nova Scotia[74]
  • Len Butson, WWII veteran, Wireless Air Gunner, RCAF, Presented 24 January 2015 in recognition of his courage and dedication to the ideals of liberty and peace.[citation needed]
  • Cliff Chadderton (1919–2013), WW2 veteran and tireless veterans' advocate, awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier.[75]
  • Jean Charest (2008), Quebec premier, was invested as a Commandeur of L'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur de France
  • Moh Chelali (2003), bystander who helped prevent the assassination of Jacques Chirac.[citation needed]
  • Ervin Clement, WWII veteran, Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment, of Cornwall, Ontarion received the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier on 2 January 2016 from honorary lieutenant-colonel Jim Brownell of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, for his participation in the liberation of France.[76]
  • George Chow, WW2 veteran, Royal Canadian Artillery, Canadian Army, of Vancouver was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier on 12 Apr 15.[77]
  • Wilfred CLOUTHIER, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Peter Frank Craske, WWII veteran, Royal Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Stanley Creaser (1925–2016), WW2 veteran, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War October 27, 2014.
  • David Cronenberg (2009), film director whose credits include Crash and The Fly; appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Barney Danson, a World War II veteran and former Minister of Defence was named a Chevalier in 2007.
  • Frank Davis, WW2 veteran, drummer and soldier in the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, enlisted in Sept 1939, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier on 8 November 2015 in Almonte, Ontario for his participation in the liberation of France.[78]
  • Jan de Vries, a Canadian paratrooper from the Second World War and veteran's advocate was named a Chevalier in 2004.
  • Harry De Wolf, Vice Admiral and Chief of the Naval Staff and former commanding officer of HMCS Haida
  • Céline Dion, international celebrity, Canadian singer, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
  • Pierre Dubuc, Bowman, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • Hercule Dupuis, Sherbrooke, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • Thomas A. ELLIOTT, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Stanley Fields (Cpl ret), WWII veteran, 5th Field Company RCE, resident of Ottawa, landed at Bernieres Sur-Mer on the morning of D-Day, and continued as a combat engineer through the Liberation of France, the Netherlands and Germany. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • George William Fouchard (WO2 retd), WWII veteran, 3 Field (Repro) Survey Company, Royal Canadian Engineers, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France. George landed in late July 1944 and served throughout the Liberation of France and Netherlands as a cartographer.[67]
  • Gilbert George Fowlow, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Artillery, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Warren Frizzell, WWII veteran Royal Canadian Navy on D-Day was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in 2014 for his participation in the liberation of France.
  • Gerrard "Gerry" Gaudet (Cpl ret) veteran RCE, resident of Whalley, BC, a WW II, landed at Bernieres Sur-Mer on D-Day morning with 20th Field Company RCE. The sappers cleared beach obstacles and repaired roads for the advance to Carpiquet airfield. Gaudet rejoined 23rd Field Company and served in France, Holland and Germany.
  • Michel Gauvin, WWII veteran, Regiment de la Chaudiere, OC, CVO, DSO (1919–2003). Soldier and diplomat.
  • Wilfred Charles Haden, WWII veteran with the Toronto Scottish Regiment was awarded Chevalier status August 2014 for his participation in the liberation of France.
  • Louis HACHEY, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • John Hall, WWII veteran, Prince Albert, SK, DDay veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in March 2015.[79]
  • Robert Earl Hanley, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Kenneth Charles HANNA, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Marlene Harnois, médaillée olympique JO Londres, décorée Chevalier par le Président de la République française, François Hollande, le 1er mars 2013.
  • Frederick George HICKS, Staff Sergeant (Retd), WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[80]
  • John Edward Highley, WWII veteran, Canadian Army, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Jack Henry Hilton, WWII veteran who served with 438 Squadron RCAF, was awarded the Chevalier in October 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.
  • Ernest "Ernie" Hingley, WWII veteran of the Italian Campaign and the DDay landings, Canadian Army, of Salmon River, Nova Scotia was awarded Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in February 2016.
  • Frederick J Hjalmarson, Sapper (Ret'd) RCE, was a combat engineer with the 2nd Division, 6th Brigade, 11 Field Coy, 7 Pl. Presented the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier at his home in Williams Lake on 20 February 2015, as a surprise from his family. Well attended by family and the local press[81]
  • Camillien Houde (1935), Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur[citation needed]
  • Russell Hubley, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient and D-Day veteran; appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • Frederick Roy Hunt, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Air Force, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Joseph Cleophas Marcel Huot, WWII veteran, Canadian Army, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Earl Ingram, WWII veteran RCAF, named a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour in April 2015 for his participation in the Liberation of France with service in France and the Netherlands.
  • G. Carleton Jones, Surgeon-General D.M.S, 20 August 1916, Prise d'Armes at No. 8 Canadian General Hospital, Saint Cloud, FR.
  • Gerard Rene Juneau, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Rimouski, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Walter Kasper, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Helen (Greer) Kerr, WWII veteran served as a Nursing Sister in the Canadian Army in France and England. She was awarded the Chevalier medal 5 November 2014 in Toronto for her participation in the liberation of France.
  • Norman Harold Kirby, MM, North Shore Regiment, D Day Veteran. Fought from Normandy, the liberation of Holland, was one of the first Allied soldiers across the Rhine River. Awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in December 2014 in recognition of his services to France.[citation needed]
  • Orville Thomas LAVIGNE, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • E. A. Le Bel, Lieut Col. (O.C.) 8 April 1917, No.8 Canadian General Hospital, Saint Cloud, FR.
  • Gil Leclerc (Sapper retired) veteran WWII, a member of 5th Field Company RCE landed at Bernières-sur-Mer on DDay+1 with several pieces of engineering equipment needed to support the advance. His main job during those first days on the beach was to disarm mines and subsequently he participated in the assault that liberated the airport at Caen. At the age of 90, Mr Leclair is one of the last living Quebec veterans to have taken part in the liberation of France and Europe.
  • Howard Leyton-Brown, WWII veteran RAF, pilot for Bomber Command. Presented 8 May 2015.
  • Ronald Joseph Little, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • John MacISAAC, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Russell McKAY (6 Feb 1920 – 29 Mar 2016), WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Donald Sadler McKechnie, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Air Force, Lancaster bomber radio operator, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France. He flew 57 missions in Pathfinder squadrons between 1943 and 1944.[67]
  • Donald McIntosh, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in the Legion of Honour for serving on HMCS Regina which escorted vulnerable merchant shipping back and forth in the English Channel in support of the DDay landings and subsequent reinforcement of the Normandy beachhead.[82]
  • Madeleine Meilleur, an Ontarian MPP and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.[citation needed]
  • George Melnechuk, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Navy, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • John R Milani, Major (ret) RCA, served with the 13 Field Regiment, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier for his participation in the liberation of France. He was presented with the medal by the French ambassador on 4 May 2015. In August 1944, he was decorated by the Provisional Government of France with the Croix de Guerre.[82]
  • John Mitges, MMM, CD, Chief Warrant Officer (ret) WWII veteran RCE, of South Surrey, BC, with 18 Field Company, RCE that landed with the Nova Scotia Highlanders at Bernieres sur Mer before noon on 6 June. He later served in France, Holland and Germany. Postwar he trained as a glider pilot and parachutist, had two tours during the Korean War and retired from the Canadian Army in 1976.[83]
  • Roland Moisan, Sherbrooke, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • William Edward Moore, WWII veteran, Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France. He was wounded servicing a Sherman tank, but recovered and later served in the Korean War.[67]
  • George MURPHY, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Leonard W. Murray (1945), Rear Admiral and Commander in Chief of Canadian Northwest Atlantic, architect of the Battle of the Atlantic; appointed Commandeur with Military Cross and Palm de la Légion d'Honneur[84]
  • Jacques Nadeau, St-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec, WW2 veteran, who invaded France twice in Dieppe in 1942 and Normandy in 1944, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • Walter Natynczky, General Canadian Armed Forces, former Chief of the Defence Staff, appointed Commander of la Légion d'Honneur[79]
  • Germain Nault, Sherbrooke, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • Blair Neatby, WWII veteran, 17th Duke of York Canadian Hussars, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Percy W. Nelles (1946), Admiral and Chief of the Naval Staff during the Second World War; appointed Commandeur[85]
  • Robert Ness, WWII veteran North Shore Regiment, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier August 2014 for his participation in the liberation of France. He served in the liberation of Holland, where he lost his brother.[citation needed]
  • Bill Nicoll (Sapper) WWII RCE, 20th Field Company, landed on D+10. He supported actions in Caen, bridging the Seine, the rescue of airborne troops near Arnheim, bomb disposal tasks including destroying V-1 launch sites.[86]
  • Allan Robert Peter Notman, WWII veteran, 17th Duke of Yoke Canadian Hussars, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • Jean Paul O'Reiley, Repentigny, Québec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • Alexander Taylor PAGE, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Wilder Penfield, a Canadian neurosurgeon.[87]
  • Desmond Piers, Rear Admiral and former commanding officer of HMCS Algonquin; appointed Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur
  • Frank Herbert Dedrick Pickersgill, Captain, 2 Intelligence Company, Canadian Intelligence Corps, posthumously awarded in a ceremony on 12 December 1950 at the French Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario.[89]
  • Zbigniew PIERSCIANOWSKI, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Wallace Pike (1899–1999), WWI veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Awarded in 1998, by French Ambassador Denis Bauchard.[83]
  • Donald Andrew Potvin, Tank Driver, GGFG, 4th Canadian Armored Division, 4th Armored Brigade, 21st Canadian Armored Regiment, received the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in December 2014 for his participation in the Liberation of France. Serving in England, France (D-Day), Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Wilf Pound, WW2 veteran, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier on 11 November 2014 Remembrance Day, at his residence in Brighton, Ontario, for his participation in the liberation of France.[84]
  • Kenneth Pratt, Sapper (retired), WWII veteran RCE of Smithers British Columbia, 7th Field Company RCE. Pratt has the distinction of landing in France twice. His company landed in Dieppe (Aug 42) and Pratt was one of 3 of the original 60 men who returned to England after the raid. The remainder either killed, missing, captured or wounded in action. Two years later he landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. Pratt served in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Claude Provost, WW2 veteran, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier on 2 December 2014 in Moose Creek, Ontario, for his participation in the liberation of France.[85]
  • Arthur Ramshaw, WWII veteran, 8th Canadian Reconnaissance Battalion. He landed at Juno Beach in Normandy on 12 July 1944 – one month after D-Day. Presented 8 May 2015.
  • Vincent Reed, Trooper (retd) 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment "The Kangaroos". In 2014 Vince Reed was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal in recognition of his part in liberating France from Nazi Tyranny. Sadly, Mr. Reed died before receiving his medal. (Kangaroo Regimental Association, 2016)
  • John Walter Ross, WWII, First Canadian Parachute Battalion, presented 6 June 2014, in Normandy, France.
  • James Stuart Scharf, WWII veteran, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in November 2015 for his participation in the liberation of France.[67]
  • George Donald Skerkowski, WW2 veteran, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG), (1926-2016), awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier in 2014 for his participation in the liberation of France.[80]
  • Harriet (Hallie) J.T. Sloan CM CD BN, LCol (retd) (1917–2016), WW2 nursing veteran with 8th Canadian General Hospital. Sloan landed in Normandy in July 1944 and served in North West Europe until VEDay. She remained in the service after the end of the war. In an active retirement she was a military nursing consultant for the film The English Patient. She received many honours, including the Order of Canada in 2004 and the Legion of Honour in 2015.[86]
  • Henry STEVENS, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Herbert Arthur Strutt, WWII veteran RCAF, 411 Squadron, 126 airfield, 2nd TAF. At age 95 was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur 16 February 2015 in recognition for his role in the liberation of France.
  • Donald Somerville, Sapper (retd) RCE landed in France on 11 July 1944 with 23rd Field Company. His company was notable for their assault boat crossings of the Seine River near Pont De L'Arche and later for evacuating paratroopers back across the Nederrijn River during Operation Market Garden.[91][92]
  • Calvin J. TAYLOR, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • Georges Turgeon, Magog, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • John "Jake" "Jack" Urie, WW2 veteran, former federal court Justice and Honourary Colonel of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, (1920-2016), was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier at his residence in Ottawa on 2 February 2015, for his participation in the liberation of France.[87] and [88]
  • Ernest Viger, Sherbrooke, Quebec, WW2 veteran, was awarded the Legion of Honour in the rank of Chevalier, November 8, 2015 in Sherbrooke, Quebec[70]
  • Lawson Arthur Walsh, (14 February 1899 – 25 December 2001) WW I veteran awarded for service in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.[89]
  • Wallace "Wally" Watson, Private, WWII veteran, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) Highlanders, awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour medal on 22 December 2014
  • Bruce WESTGARTH, WW2 veteran, in the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour for his role in the campaigns to liberate France following the D-Day Landings in the Second World War. Presented Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa.[71]
  • George Whitefield, Lieutenant, WWII veteran, Gray and Simcoe Foresters, for his role in the campaign to liberate France following the D-Day landings, in a ceremony in Thunder Bay, Ontario in July 2016.[90]

China[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

  • Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco (June 1992), received the honor for presiding the Bicentennial of the French Revolution Committee.[citation needed]

Egypt[edit]

Chevalier

Greece[edit]

Chevalier

Hong Kong[edit]

India[edit]

Janab JM Abdul Aziz of Saigon born in Koothanallur wears the Legion on his left among other Orders[citation needed]
  • Durga Charan Rakshit (1896), a Bengali from Chandannagar who was also the first Indian to receive the Légion d'honneur.[98]
  • Havaldar Maruti Jadhav, of the 3rd Sappers & Miners for his gallantry during World War I.[citation needed]
  • Prof Mouhamed (1934),a Tamil born in Pondicherry of French India was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. He was also the principal of lycee francaise Pondicherry during the French rule in India[citation needed]
  • Mohamed Haniff (1937), a Tamil born in Pondicherry of French India was accorded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. He was also the Deputy Mayor of Pondicherry during the French rule in India.[99][100]
  • Virappin Waradarassou (1954)—a Tamil born in Pondicherry of French India was accorded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur and Officier de l’Etoile d’Anjouan.
  • J. R. D. Tata (1983), philanthropist, father of Indian Aviation and former chairman of Tata Sons from 1938 to 1991[101]
  • Satyajit Ray (1987), President François Mitterrand went to Calcutta to give the award to Indian film director[102]
  • Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, Maharaja of Kapurthala[citation needed]
  • Sivaji Ganesan, First Indian Actor, Marlon Brando of India 1995
  • JM Abdul Aziz (1932), Businessman born in Koothanallur, India. Running large conglomerate in Vietnam, from Jaana Dynasty in Koothanallur.
  • M.M. Houssaine (1999), Govt Town Cazy Pondicherry[citation needed]
  • Pandit Ravi Shankar (2000), SItar exponent[103]
  • Zubin Mehta (2001), a conductor[104]
  • C. N. R. Rao (2005), a chemist and Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India[105] Dr M Balamuralikrishna-

Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government (2005).[1]

  • Dr. Bikas Chandra Sanyal (2007),Indian educationist & Directeur de Recherche Associe, Honoraire Universite de Versailles-St-Quentin-en-Yvelines.[106]
  • Amitabh Bachchan (2007), (India), actor and Bollywood star[103]
  • Nadir Godrej (2008), Industrialist and managing director of Godrej Industries
  • Karambir Singh Kang (2010), general manager of the Taj Mahal Hotel for his unwavering commitment to duty despite personal loss in the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks.[107]
  • N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya (2012), Sanskrit scholar, author and researcher.[108]
  • Anjali Gopalan (2013), Executive Director, The Naz Foundation India Trust, Advocate for LGBT rights and children and mothers living with HIV.[109]
  • Shahrukh Khan (2014), actor, producer.[110]
  • Yashwant Sinha (2015), former Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister of India[111]
  • Manish Arora (2016), Punjabi fashion designer[112]
  • General JJ Singh (2016). Former Chief-of-Army Staff, India, and Governor of Indian state Arunachal Pradesh
  • S H Raza. Artist painter
  • Kamal Haasan (2016), a.k.a Ulaga Nayagan actor, director and producer working primarily in Tamil cinema.

Iran[edit]

Ireland[edit]

  • Monsignor Professor Brendan Devlin was invested as an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur in November 2001.[citation needed]
  • Edward Westby Donovan, who fought in the Crimean War, was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur[115]
  • Alan Dukes (2004), former Irish minister and former leader of Fine Gael is an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • Michael d'Alton (26 January 2015) Veteran of the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944.[116]
  • Patrick Gillen (8 December 2014), formerly of 6 Commando, landed Sword Beach 6 June 1944 was appointed Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur[117]
  • Mary Lawlor (3 July 2014) founder and Executive Director of human rights organisation Front Line Defenders was awarded the Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour on behalf of the French government by French Ambassador to Ireland Mr Jean-Pierre Thebault.[118]
  • Canon Robert William Marsden, WW2 veteran, was presented the Legion d'honneur from the French Ambassador in Dublin 26 January 2016.[119]
  • Henri O'Kelly (1859–1938), Franco-Irish composer and church musician, "Chevalier" in 1931[citation needed]
  • Joseph O'Kelly (1828–1885), Franco-Irish composer and pianist, "Chevalier" in 1881[citation needed]
  • Grace Neville, former professor of French at University College, Cork[120]
  • Mary Ryan (academic) First woman professor in Ireland and the UK.

Israel[edit]

  • Amos Oz (1997), writer, journalist[citation needed]
  • Claude Meyer, 25 June 2014 in Beersheva Israel[citation needed]
  • Aharon Nahmias, Paris, (26 April 1989). Was appointed Chevalier, 10–11 Knesset member, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset & mayor of the city of tzfat.

Italy[edit]

Japan[edit]

Of 1,500 non-French recipients, 1/10 are Japanese.[122]

Jordan[edit]

  • Dina Kawar, a binational Jordanian diplomat who was the ambassador of Jordan to France in 2003.[129]

Lebanon[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Mexico[edit]

1901 – Caballero – Légion d'honneur – Fernando Ferrari Pérez
Chevalier
  • Ing. Fernando Ferrari Pérez (1901), naturalist, photographer, statesman. Ferrari Pérez took part in the effort to modernize his country based on a Positivist view of progress and society. His country's ideological, scientific and intellectual autonomy was tantamount to its objectives. He worked to promote Mexico's new image and status on the American continent and in Europe; particularly in France where, because of professional imperatives, he lived during intermittent periods in two different addresses, both in Paris (32, Rue de Chazelles and 43, Avenue de Saxe). Fernando Ferrari Pérez introduced the Frères Lumière cinématographe patent into México. The purchase document (in Frères Lumière paperhead) of the patent's franchise for México, is deposited in the 'Archivio Storico della città di Mantova' (Italy).[citation needed]

The precise reference for his award is: Republique Française – Ordre National de Légion d' Honneur – Président de la Republique Motivation: Ingegneur de Mines. Date: Decret du 3 July 1901. Vu, sélle et enregistré 19 April 1901. Décoration de Chevalier of 'Ordre National de Légion d' Honneur.[citation needed]

Commander
Chevalier

Mongolia[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech
Grand Cross
  • Moulay Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman, also known as Muhammad IV (1873), Sultan of Morocco from 1859 to 1873.[146]
  • Thami El Glaoui (1925), better known in English-speaking countries as T'hami El Glaoui or Lord of the Atlas, was the Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956.[146]

Netherlands[edit]

Grand Cross
Commander
Officer
Chevalier

New Zealand[edit]

Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Chevalier

Norway[edit]

Grand-Croix
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Chevalier

Pakistan[edit]

  • Ms Asma Jahangir, prominent Pakistani legal expert and human rights activist, awarded in 2014[citation needed]
  • Mr Shabir Ahmed Prominent Pakistani Businessman CEO of D. L Nash awarded in 2016

Panama[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Cwlth. Pres. Manuel Quezon wearing the Legion of Honor during his inauguration in 1935.
Grand-Croix
Officer
Chevalier

Poland[edit]

Painting of Józef Poniatowski on horse

More than 400 Poles have received the award. Among the most notable "historic" recipients:

  • Józef Poniatowski, who fought under Napoleon until his own death, despite the fact many of Napoleons friends left him when he lost power.[202]
  • Stanisław Kostka Bogusławski, Life of Prince Jòzef Poniatowski (Polish), Warsaw, 1831.
  • Franciszek Paszkowski, Prince Józef Poniatowski (Polish), Kraków, 1898.
  • Correspondence of Poniatowski, edited by E. Raczyński, Poznań, 1843.
  • Bronisław Dembiński, Stanisław August and Prince Józef Poniatowski in the Light of Their Correspondence (in French), Lemberg, 1904.
  • Szymon Askenazy, Prince Józef Poniatowski (Polish), Lwów, 1905.

Portugal[edit]

  • Rogerio Walter Carreira, President de Societe, Paris, le 23 Avril 2007 was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac[203]

Romania[edit]

Romanian royal family
Republic of Romania

Russia[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Spain[edit]

Grand-Croix
Commander
Chevalier

South Korea[edit]

Grand Officer
  • Choong Hoon Cho, Founding Chairman of Hanjin Group was awarded in 1990
  • Tae Joon Park, Founder of Posco was awarded in 1990
  • Yang Ho Cho, Chairman of Hanjin Group was awarded in 2015
Commander
Chevalier

Sweden[edit]

Grand-Croix
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer[citation needed]
Chevalier

Tanzania[edit]

  • Amin Kurji (2013), Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Tanzania, was honoured with the rank of Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur on 24 September 2013.[220]

Turkey[edit]

  • M. Kemal Atatürk (1914).[221]
  • Cemal Reşit Rey Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (1957), Officier de la Legion d’Honneur (1973).[222]

United Kingdom[edit]

The Légion d'Honneur was awarded to 746 members of the British Armed Forces during the Crimean War (also known as the Russian War) which lasted from 1854 to 1856.

A–C

  • Marcelle Adamson (née Hugonnier-Ginet), Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1990);
  • Henry Allingham (2003, 2009), the world's oldest man until his death and the second oldest war veteran of all time. Allingham was appointed Chevalier in 2003 and promoted Officier in 2009[223]
  • Lionel Barber, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, for European journalism[224]
  • Captain Ralph Beauclerk, later Marqués de Valero de Urría, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1945);
  • General Sir Henry Bentinck, Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Lt-Cdr Richard Bevan (1919), for services during the Gallipoli Campaign;
  • Lt-Col Philip Booth, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Bill Bray (2015) 7th Parachute Battalion. For his contribution to the liberation of France on D-Day;
  • Gerry Briscoe (2015)[225]
  • Henry Bryce (2016), from Greenock
  • Alan Burns, 4th Baron Inverclyde, Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur[226]
  • Austin Byrne (2015) RN – attached to Merchant Navy; a D.E.M.S. Gunner, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • George Callaghan (1918), Admiral of the Fleet, appointed a Grand Officier of the Order[227]
  • Donald Robert Chinery, Flt Sgt 61 Squadron (Rear Gunner – Lancaster O PA 998) 2 bombing raids 6 June 1944; appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • The 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Sir Winston Churchill, Grand-croix de la Légion d'honneur (1958);
  • Gordon Collinson (2015)[225]
  • Patrick Connor, Royal Navy (December 2015); landed troops at Sword Beach early morning 6 June 1944;
  • Major Benjamin Cowburn, MC (and Bar), Croix de Guerre, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur[228]
  • Bill Cross (2015), British Army soldier who fought in Normandy in the days after D-Day.

D–J

  • James Denwood (2015)[225]
  • The 10th Duke of Devonshire KG, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Leslie George Dobinson (2014), invested as Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur at the Prefecture, Caen, by Secretary of State for Defence and Veterans, Kader Arif on 5 June 2014 for his services in the Radar air defence of US Military Forces on the American battlefront and throughout the American theatre of operations, from landing on Omaha Beach, through the Battle of Normandy to the liberation of Paris[229]
  • Russell Dunkeld (1925-2016), appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (2015) for services on Sword Beach, Normandy. Acting Able Seaman Dunkeld (Royal Navy Stretcher Bearer/Medic aboard HM LST 304) landed on Sword Beach on D-Day, as well as on a total of 25 further occasions during June & July 1944, collecting, & tending the wounds of, injured Allied/Enemy/Civilian personnel for evacuation to UK;
  • Maurice Edelman MP, promoted Officier of the Légion d'honneur in 1960, having been appointed Chevalier in 1954[230]
  • Major-General Sir David Egerton, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1945);
  • Gerald Fisher (2016), from Glasgow
  • Thomas Henry Fogg, Petty Officer HMS Tenacious awarded Légion d'honneur 2016 for supporting action in liberation of Southern France 1944;
  • Robert Foulds (2016), from Paisley
  • Henry Fynes Clinton, Officier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Robert M Gardner, awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur 2015 "for invaluable contribution to the liberation of France";
  • Douglas Gordon, appointed Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Eric Gill, appointed Chevalier for his role in the D-Day landings as Cpl KOYLI (2015)[225]
  • Daniel Graves, best ever IT installation (2016)
  • Walter Charles Gray (2015) 9th Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his role in the D-Day landing on Gold Beach (Ver-sur-Mer) in WWII;
  • Graham Greene (1967), appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur[231]
  • John Greig (born Glasgow 1923) award 2015, 3rd Division Telegraphist with the Forward Observation Unit (D-Day landings of Sword Beach, World War II);
  • Sir Philip le Belward Grey Egerton, 11th Baronet, Officier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Professor Nadey Hakim, GCStJ, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2016;
  • Frederick John Harris, was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1999 at 102 years' old for his service as Bombardier in the Royal Horse Artillery during the First World War[232]
  • Walter Hart, of Ruislip, Middlesex, member of the Normandy Veterans Association, was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 2015 at 97 years' old for his service in the Second World War in military operations fighting for the Liberation of France;
  • Anthony Hayward, awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in February 2016 as a veteran of the Normandy campaign of 1944 following the undertaking of the French Government on June 6, 2014 to give the award to all Normandy veterans[233]
  • Sir Amos Hirst (1953), Chairman of the Football Association (FA), awarded to celebrate the FA's 90th Anniversary.[234]
  • David James Holland awarded in March 2016, aged 100 years, for acknowledged military engagement and steadfast involvement in the liberation of France during the Second World War;
  • Frederick Homard was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 2016 at 90 years old. He landed at Sword Beach when he was only 18 years old on 10 June as part of the D-Day landings and worked as part of a naval signal team.
  • Leonard Husband (1944), Sub. Lt. RNVR, HMLCT1108 appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his role in D-Day landings during WWII. Landed men and equipment on Omaha, Juno, Sword and Gold beaches; also Port-en-Bessin and Cherbourg;
  • Victor Hyams, 44th Royal Tank Regiment, was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2016;
  • Thomas Stanley Instone, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for service with RAF Bomber Command in 1944;
  • William Henry Jenkins (2015), Royal Marine Commando 48 Unit, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his role in D-Day landing on Juno Beach in WWII;
  • Lt-Cdr Lionel (China) Johnson (2015), one of the founding five members of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Squadron 899 for landings in Cannes and later support in Marseille, Toulon, and Narbonne. Lt-Cdr Johnson was the last surviving founder member of 899 Squadron, and died 17 Deecember 2015, North Wales aged 93;
  • Peter Johnson (2015), Royal Marine Commando attached to 539 Flotilla RM and charged with landing the Green Howards on Gold Beach as part of the D-Day landings. After making four landings he navigated up the River Orme with senior commanders to Pegasus Bridge;
  • Robert Vincent Eley, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in November 2015 in recognition of his acknowledged military engagement and steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.

K–P

  • Edward Leigh, 95 Cdo Regt RA, appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in March 2016 in recognition of military engagement and steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during WWII, awarded by the French Government;
  • Sir Edward Leigh MP, appointed Officier de la Légion d'honneur in 2015;
  • Major Gerald Loxley AFC RAF, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1919[235]
  • Christopher Nevinson, artist, awarded Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1938.[236]
  • Sir Paul McCartney MBE (2012), was invested as Officier of the Légion d'honneur by President François Hollande[237]
  • Matthew McCathie, awarded Chevalier de La Legion D'Honneur March 2016 for services on D-Day and during French liberation 1944/5
  • William Basil McConnell, Awarded Chevalier de L'ordre National del la Legion d'Honneur by decree of the President of France presented on the August 7th 2016 in recognition of his participation in the D.D landings aboard H.M.S. Ramillies and the subsequent liberation of France.[238]
  • Alan McLean, made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by decree of the President of France on the 13 July 2015 in recognition of his 50 years' service to the Maritime Industry[239]
  • Daniel McNicol (2016), from Glasgow
  • Admiral Francis Mitchell, in recognition of military service during WWI
  • Lord Monks (2014), former General-Secretary of the Trades Union Congress 1993–2003, Secretary-General of the European Trade Union Confederation 2003–2011, qv: www.ambafrance-uk.org;
  • Colonel Sir Thomas Andrew Alexander Montgomery-Cuninghame, 10th Baronet, awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1919 by the President of the French Republic[240]
  • Captain Bryan Seymour Moss-Blundell, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1920);
  • Lance-Corporal Stephen Murray, of Hawick, Scotland, awarded Chevalier Légion d'honneur December 2015 aged 99 for his services on D-Day at Juno Beach, Normandy;
  • Chris Norman (2015), for subduing the gunman of the 2015 Thalys train attack[241]
  • Harry Patch (1998, 2009), Britain's last surviving First World War Veteran, appointed Chevalier 1998 and promoted Officier in 2009[242]
  • Victor Daniel Portway, appointed Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur on the 25th May 2016, in recognition of his service of the liberation of France. A veteran of the D-DAY landings (1st wave)and subsequently wounded in battle at Troarn.
  • Richard Swainson, appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in October 2015, in recognition of military service in France 1944–45 awarded by the French Government.

Q–V

  • Jim Radford, appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in October 2015 "in recognition of ...steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War" (Britain's youngest Normandy Veteran was a fifteen year old seaman on the Empire Larch; one of the Deep Sea Tugs that built the breakwater for the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches)[243]
  • Colin George Champion Rae, MC, appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in May 2015, in recognition of military service in France 1944–45[244]
  • Major Gordon Michael Reeves (1958[245]), made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in October 1958, in recognition of military service as a liaison officer with the Free French in North Africa during WW2[246]
  • Lt-Col Stanley Rimmer, RA, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1919);
  • J. K. Rowling, awarded the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009;
  • Leonard George Rowntree, Able-Seaman RN (HMS Talybont) appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in December 2015, in recognition of military service supporting D-Day landings on Omaha Beach 6 June 1944[247]
  • Bernard Rush (2015), chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur posthumously[225]
  • Jack Rushton(2015), sergeant, Royal Marines, landed at sword beach D-day
  • Lord Slynn of Hadley GBE GCStJ, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • The 12th Duke of St Albans, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Rick Sopher, director of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, who on 9 May 2007 was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by French President Jacques Chirac AIU[248]
  • Sydney Vincent Sippe (1914), pilot, raid on German Zeppelin factory in November 1914
  • John Sneddon (2016), from Falkirk
  • James Joseph Songhurst, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK; Veteran Crew member of HM Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat, in action at Juno Beach on D-Day, Awarded the Légion d'Honneur in April 2016 for aiding in the Liberation of France
  • Vice-Admiral The Hon. Sir Victor Stanley, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • Sir David Stirling, Officier de la Légion d'honneur;
  • John Stokes, awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in February 2016;
  • Alfred Stonehewer (2015), awarded Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in recognition of his work as a coder on the first ship to open fire on Gold Beach on D-Day before the Allied landings;
  • Acting Corporal Robert Arthur Stoodley (1924), of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company, one of the first ten pathfinders to open the invasion of Normandy on D-Day,[249] appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur on 21 September 2015[250]
  • Lieutenant Francis George Sutton-Mattocks (1920), Royal Field Artillery, appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur[251]
  • Gordon Douglas Taylor, Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, awarded posthumously in December 2015 in recognition of his mine-sweeping activities off the coast of France before the D-Day invasions;
  • Violet Trefusis (1950), writer and socialite, appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur,[252]
  • Ninette de Valois (1950), appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.[253]

W–Z

United States[edit]

Individuals[edit]

The individuals listed below are among the approximately 10,000 Americans who have been so honored:

A–B

  • Johnie V. Arnold (2015), US Coast Guard, USS Bayfield (WWII), Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa; Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, presented in January 2015 at the Arkansas State Capitol by Sujiro Seam, the consul general of France in Houston. Awarded for his service during the Allied Invasion of Normandy, spending his 21st birthday aboard the USS Bayfield along the coast of Southern France. (1924–2015)[258]
  • Brett Alan August (2015), an attorney in Chicago, Mr. August was the founder of the city's French-American Chamber of Commerce, and served as president. He was one of the founders of the Chicago-Paris Sister Cities partnership and is currently the chair of the Chicago-Paris committee. The award reflects the high regard the nation of France holds for Mr. August's decades long efforts to strengthen the ties between France and the United States.[259]
  • Frank Lusk Babbott, philanthropist[260]
  • Myron Barlow (1932) for Painting,[261][261]
  • Alexander Graham Bell (1847) Inventor of the Telephone[262]
  • Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)[citation needed]
  • Angelo Borracchini (2011), Business Owner in Seattle, Washington. He was also an American Soldier during WWII as a member of the Special Troops, within the 75th Infantry Division, where he participated, endured and survived the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Chevalier De La Légion d'Honneur on 27 October 2011 for his service.
  • Arnaud de Borchgrave (2014), Journalist specializing in international politics and former editor in chief of The Washington Times. He was awarded in July 2014 with French Ambassador Francois Delattre saying that Borchgrave is "a World War II hero to whom France is eternally grateful, and one of the most remarkable journalists of our lifetime who is also a great friend of France and an exceptional individual."[263]
  • Ralph L. Bourgeois, Captain US Army, Doctor. 91st Medical Gas Treatment Battalion & Mobile Field Surgical Hospital, D-Day at Utah Beach.[264][265]
  • Eugene Bullard (1959) First African-American military pilot, Lafayette Flying Corps WWI

C–D

  • James Lee Carroll (2013) US Army, 101st Airborne, 501, C Company for his service during the liberation of France during WWII
  • Herbert E. Carter (2006) USAF Lt. Col, Tuskegee Airman, for his outstanding service during the liberation of France during World War II[266]
  • Isadore Cutler (2013) US Army, 17th Signal Battalion for his service during the liberation of France during WWII
  • Miles Davis Jazz musician[267]
  • Marlene Dietrich German-born actress and singer, for her work improving morale on the front lines of WWII
  • Elie Dulgher, Sr., Romanian/American Soldier during WWI that held position with three others on the French/German front, near Bordeaux, France, with Hotchkiss machine gun with 1870 mounted tripod[268]
  • Kirk Douglas (1985) American Actor[269]
  • Charles Durning, European Theater of World War II, also, US Silver Star, US Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, 3 US Purple Hearts
  • Bob Dylan (2013) American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer[270]

E

F

  • Mayhew Foster (2009) World War II soldier who flew Hermann Göring from Austria to Germany, where Göring stood trial for war crimes at Nuremberg[273]
  • Daniel Franklin (2013) World War II soldier who was 17 on D-Day, his landing craft charged with delivering soldiers and ammo to bloody Omaha Beach.[274]
  • Walter F. Fredericksen, Jr (2014) for his service in the 95th Division, 377th Infantry in World War II. Participated in the liberation of Metz.[citation needed]
  • Anna Fregosi, educator born in France and raised in Paris, she founded the Ecole Maternelle Francaise in New York City, a school based on the principles of Maria Montessori to serve children of the French immigrant population of New York. French language, history and culture were featured. The medal was officially received on 11 January 1936 at a testimonial banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

G

  • Dr. Homer Gage, Commandeur, American Philanthropist: American Hospital in Paris (Neuilly)*
  • Mabel Gage, Commandeur, 22 May 1939 N50528, American Philanthropist: American dormitories Cite Universitaire Paris*
  • Orlow "Buzz" Freeman Garrett, American graphic artist; U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Division, I Company, 30th Regiment (WWII)[275]
  • Tommy H. Gooch Sr (2015) US Army Sergeant served with the 90th Infantry Division, 359th Infantry Regiment, Company D. for service to France at Utah Beach D-Day and the Battle of Metz.[276]
  • Bart Gordon, Officer (2012) US Representative from Tennessee.[277]
  • Alan Greenspan, economist and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve[278]
  • Alfred Edgar Green Jr (2012) US Army,83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion, Company D, mortar gunner and glider mission for WWII

H

  • Philip Habib, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, special envoy to the Middle East.[279]
  • Fred Harned (2011) U.S. Army, 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion, WWII[citation needed]
  • Frank Homan (1991) General Electric executive and general manager of CFMI during partnership with GE and Snecma Moteurs, a French engine company.
  • Elias Howe (1867) inventor of the sewing machine[280]
  • Robert E. Hunter US Ambassador to NATO[citation needed]

I

J

K

  • Otto Kahn, German-born, American patron of the arts.
  • Gilbert Sherburne Wolff Kahn, Otto Kahn's son – Gilbert was a commander in the flag unit of Commander Aircraft South Pacific during WWII and won a letter of commendation from the chief of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics and distinguished service in the South Pacific where his assignment was.[284][285]
  • John Katsaros (2012) for his service in World War II.[286][287]
  • Robert Kenyon (2008) World War II US Army Staff Sargent; 90th Infantry Division, 357 Infantry Regiment, Company I - at age 19 landed at Utah Beach on June 6, 1944. For actions supporting the liberation of Normandy and being seriously wounded during efforts to free the town of Périers. Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple heart.[288][289]
  • Jeong H. Kim (2013), President of Bell Labs (2005-2013), in recognition of his exceptional accomplishments and exemplary commitment to French-American friendship.[290]
  • Young-Oak Kim, Officier (2005), US Army Colonel. Battalion Operation Officer of the 100th bn/442nd RCT during the campaigns for Bruyères and Biffontaine.[291]
  • Niyazi Kizilyurek (2006) author, for his academic work.[citation needed]
  • Jacques Paul Klein, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations[citation needed]
  • Al Klugiewicz, Member of the Army's 83rd Infantry Division, a unit that fought in the initial assault at Normandy. Klugiewicz saw combat in Normandy and northern France, the Ardennes Forest during the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland, and central Europe.[292]
  • Blanche Knopf Officier (1960), American publisher, in recognition of her work publishing French literature.[citation needed]
  • William A. Knowlton, US Army General[citation needed]
  • John Immanuel Knudson (1935) Professor of History and Economics, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn[citation needed]
  • C. Everett Koop (1980) Surgeon General of the United States[293]
  • Maurice Kozminski (1905) "for services rendered".[294]
  • Samuel Kridel (1930) for his efforts in the Silk Trade Industry between The United States and France[295]
  • Lawrence D. Kritzman (2012) John D. Willard Professor of French, Comparative Literature, and Oratory Dartmouth[citation needed]

L

M

N

O–Q

  • Edgar dePue Osgood, Officer (2006) Honorary Consul of Côte d'Ivoire, for military service in WWII and keeping the French Language a vibrant entity in the State of California for 50 years.[citation needed]
  • Vernon Valentine Palmer (2007) Professor of Law Tulane University[citation needed]
  • Joe Panno (2012) US Army Corporal, 29th Division 115th Regiment 3rd Battalion, fought during the liberation of St. Lo
  • Robert Parker Officier (2005), American wine critic[citation needed]
  • Mason Patrick, Major General, US Army and Chief of US Air Force[citation needed]
  • George S. Patton, Commandeur. US Army General[citation needed]
  • Donald A. Peltier (2013) Corporal US Army 8th Armored Division, Allied Invasion World War II, Normandy, Belgium, Holland, Germany (Bronze Star for Valor).
  • Lafayette G. Pool, S/Sgt, US Army 3rd Armored Division, US tank ace credited with over 1,000 kills, 250 German prisoners of war taken, 12 confirmed tank kills and 258 total armored vehicle and self-propelled gun kills.[312]
  • Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, US Army General.[313]
  • William Wilson Quinn, US Army Lieutenant general. responsible for the U.S. 7th Army's capture of Herman Goring, Assistant Chief of Staff of the CIA[citation needed]

R

S

T

U–W

  • Tony Vaccaro (1994) U.S. war photographer[citation needed]
  • Jack Van Eaton (2015) Army Veteran, for World War II Combat Service during the Battle of the Bulge[citation needed]
  • Malvin E. Walker (2012) Army veteran, for World War II combat service in France[citation needed]
  • Robert Weber (2013) for his participation in the liberation of France in WWII as a member 54th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 10th Armored Division.[333]
  • Harvey Weinstein (2012) American film producer and film studio executive.[334]
  • Orson Welles Commandeur (1982)[335]
  • Elie Wiesel Commandeur (1984) Grand-Officier (1990) Grand-Croix (2000), Holocaust survivor and author, Nobel Laureate
  • Shelby Westbrook (2013) for his aerobatic heroism in Operation Dragoon in Southern France during WWII. As a Tuskegee Airman, one of the few Black Americans to be so honored.[citation needed]
  • William Westmoreland (1972) Commanded US forces during the Vietnam War.[336]
  • Leonard Wurzel (2013) for his World War II service.[citation needed]

X–Z

  • Steven C. Yevich (2004) of Berwick, PA, for his service in the 35th Infantry Division in World War II; wounded at St. Lo.[citation needed]
  • Alvin York (1918) Corporal while fighting for the AEF, for service in France.[citation needed]
  • Elias Zerhouni (2008) M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health[337]


Institutions/organizations[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

  • Arturo Uslar Pietri (1990), was a Venezuelan intellectual, lawyer, journalist, writer, television producer and politician. He won the Prince of Asturias Award (1990)
  • Sofia Imber, influent journalist founder of the "Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas" (Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas)
  • Jacinto Convit (2011) was a Venezuelan physician and scientist, known for developing a vaccine in an attempt to fight leprosy and his studies to cure different types of cancer. He was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his experimental anti-leprosy vaccine.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez (2012) is a Venezuelan kinetic and op artist. He lives in Paris. He has spent his professional career working and teaching between both Paris and Caracas. His work is represented in museums and public art sites internationally

Yemen[edit]

  • Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, the United Nations assistant secretary general, assistant administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and director of its regional bureau for Arab states. She was awarded officier in the Order of the Légion d'Honneur.[338]
  • Khadija Al Salami, film producer.[339]

Yugoslavia[edit]

Other countries[edit]

By year[edit]

1880 to 1889[edit]

1900 to 1909[edit]

1910 to 1919[edit]

1920 to 1929[edit]

1930 to 1939[edit]

1940 to 1949[edit]

1950 to 1959[edit]

French President Vincent Auriol presenting Eleanor Roosevelt with the Legion of Honor during his visit to the Roosevelt estate at Hyde Park, New York (April 4, 1951)

1960 to 1969[edit]

1980 to 1989[edit]

  • Orson Welles (1982) (United States), actor, writer, director and producer; Order of Commander[335]
  • Rand Araskog (1987), (US), American executive[354]
  • Manuel Noriega (1987), (Panama), General commander of the Panamanian Defense Force[355]
  • Marechal Francisco da Costa Gomes. 1984 -Grã-Cruz da Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur.[citation needed]

1990 to 1999[edit]

2000 to 2009[edit]

  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves (2001) (Estonia), President; Commander of the Légion d'Honneur.[citation needed]
  • Quincy Jones (2001) (US), the American record producer and musician.[282]
  • Guadalupe Loaeza (2003) (Mexico), writer, received the title of Chevalier[361]
  • Henry Allingham (2003) (UK), World's oldest man at the time of his death and second oldest military veteran of all time (appointed Chevalier in 2003 and promoted to Officier in 2009).[223]
  • Vahid Halilhodžić (2004), former Bosnian football player, now successful football manager, received his Légion d'Honneur on 23 July 2004, during his tenure as manager of PSG.[59]
  • Martin Scorsese (2005) (US), film director and advocate of film preservation.[325]
  • Vladimir Putin (2006) (Russia), President of Russian Federation.[362]
  • Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter (2006) (US), Tuskegee Airman, for his outstanding service during the liberation of France during World War II; presented by former French President Jacques Chirac.[266]
  • Valentino Garavani (2006) (Italy), Italian fashion designer.[363]
  • Professor John Dunmore CMNZ (2007), prominent New Zealand academic, author on French history in the Pacific and long-time president of the New Zealand Federation des Alliances Francaises.[165]
  • Amitabh Bachchan (2007) (India), actor and Bollywood star[364]
  • Lata Mangeshkar (2007) (India), singer[365]
  • Im Kwon-taek (2007) (South Korea), film director[366]
  • HRH Galyani Vadhana (2007) (Thailand), was decorated with the Grand Officer[367][368]
  • Clint Eastwood (2007) (US), film actor and director[369]
  • Rogerio Walter Carreira (2007) (Portugal), President de Societe, was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac[370]
  • David Lynch (2007) (US), film director[371]
  • Festus Mogae (2008) (Botswana), the President[372]
  • Íngrid Betancourt (2008) (Colombia), a Colombian-French politician, released after six years of captivity under the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).[373]
  • Kutateladze Samson (2008) (Georgia), Brigade General Member of Parliament[citation needed]
  • Shimon Peres (2008) (Israel), the President[374]
  • Giorgio Armani (2008) (Italy), internationally renowned Italian fashion, furniture, and accessories designer.[375]
  • Miriam Were (2008) (Kenya), health advocate[376]
  • Randa Habib (2008) (Lebanon), the Lebanese-French director of Agence France Presse's office in Amman, Jordan.[373]
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur (2008) (UK), a sailor who previously held the record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe in a yacht.[377]
  • Charles Durning (2008) (US), actor, in recognition of his service with distinction during World War II in France.[378]
  • Alain Frecon (2008) (US), Honorary Consul of France, Minnesota.[379]
  • Steven Spielberg (2008) (US), film director, studio executive, and producer.[380]
  • David Cronenberg (2009) (Canada), film director whose credits include Crash and The Fly; appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Milva (Maria Ilva Biolcati) (2009) (Italy), Italian singer and actress, received the title of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour on 11 September 2009 for her contributions to French culture.[381]
  • Dame Carol Kidu (2009) (Papua New Guinea), received the title of Chevalier, for her efforts on promoting human rights. She was the first Papua New Guinean citizen to receive the award.[382][383]
  • Veran Matić (2009) (Serbia), Serbian journalist and editor-in-chief of B92 "for the fight he has always led for independence and freedom of the media".[212]
  • Ružica Đinđić (2009) (Serbia), Serbian humanitarian, widow of Prime Minister of Serbia Zoran Đinđić "because of her active work at the foundation she heads".[212]
  • John Galliano (2009) (UK), Gibraltarian British couture designer, creative director of Christian Dior.[384]
  • J. K. Rowling (2009) (UK), British author, writer of the acclaimed Harry Potter series.[385][386]
  • Ralph L. Bourgeois MD (2009) (US), Captain US Army 91st Medical Gas Treatment Battalion & Mobile Field Surgical Hospital, WW II D-Day at Utah Beach contributions to the liberation of the French Republic; and French language preservation via 'Council for Development of French in Louisiana' (CODOFIL).[387]
  • James T. Conway (2009) (US), General, United States Marine Corps Commandant.[388]
  • William "Bill" Bruce Overstreet, Jr. (2009) (US), USAAF, WWII Fighter Pilot, with the 357th FG, 363rd FS. The "Yoxford Boys". Flew a P-51 "Mustang", named "Berlin Express". Only known Allied fighter pilot to turn in a kill while flying under the "Eiffel Tower" in Paris chasing a German Me-109. Chevalier medal, presented by Ambassador to the US Pierre Vimont at the D-Day Memorial 8_December_2009AD, Bedford, VA US. Vimont said of Bill Overstreet in his speech that the Legion of Honour is "The sign of my country's exceptional recognition of Captain Overstreet's heroic contribution to the liberation of France."[389][390][391][392]
  • Robert O. Paxton (2009) (US), Historian recognised for his expertise on the Vichy regime in France during World War II.[393]
  • Steve Pisanos (2009) (US), Colonel, World War II fighter pilot, after shot down participated with the French Resistance.[394]
  • Peter Sloboda (2009) (US), Army veteran of World War II – for valour and bravery during the D-Day landings, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour 2009.[395]
  • Settimeo Tiberio (2009) (US), decorated World War II Veteran recognised for his valour during the D-Day invasion.[396][397]
  • Colonel Frederick C. Clinton, April 2009, Decorated World War II Army veteran recognized for his combat actions in the Colmar Pocket battles of January–February 1945 as a member of D Company, 254th Infantry Regiment attached to the 3rd Infantry Division.[citation needed]
  • Violette Verdy (2009) (France)[citation needed]

2010 to present[edit]

  • Orlow "Buzz" Freeman Garrett (2010), American graphic artist; U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Division, I Company, 30th Regiment (WWII)[275] Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.
  • Toni Morrison (2010), "the greatest American woman novelist of her time" -Mitterrand 2010[307]
  • Mehriban Aliyeva (2010), Azerbaijan's first lady.[398]
  • Vladimir Spivakov (2011) (Russia), violinist and conductor.[399]
  • Joseph Brodsky (2011) (Russia/US), poet and essayist; won 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature.[399]
  • Aleksey Venediktov (2011) (Russia), editor-in-chief of Echo of Moscow radio station.[399]
  • Sergey Yastrzhembsky (2011) (Russia), diplomat and politician.[399]
  • Emir Kusturica (2011), Serbian filmmaker.[60]
  • Ambiga Sreenevasan (2011), "for her work in human rights advocacy".[400][401]
  • Iñaki Azkuna (2011) (Basque Country), Mayor of the city of Bilbao.[citation needed]
  • Same Ekobo Albert (2011)(Cameroun), "Professor of Medecine. Malaria Specialist".[402]
  • Eddy Merckx (2011) (Belgium), most decorated professional cyclist of all time- Comandeur of the Légion d'honneur.[341]
  • Aung San Suu Kyi (2012) (Myanmar), politician, Pro-democracy leader; won 1991 Nobel Laureate in peace. Awarded the honor by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé on 16 January 2012.[344]
  • Jacinto Convit (2011) (Venezuela), physician and scientist, known for developing a vaccine in an attempt to fight leprosy and his studies to cure different types of cancer. He was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his experimental anti-leprosy vaccine.
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez (2012) (Venezuela), kinetic and op artist. He lives in Paris. He has spent his professional career working and teaching between both Paris and Caracas. His work is represented in museums and public art sites internationally
  • Nano Ruzin (2012) (Republic of Macedonia), Professor of political sciences, Macedonian Ambassador to NATO and presidential candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party of Macedonia (LDP) in 2009.[citation needed]
  • Malvin E. Walker, American Army officer for his service in France in WWII.[citation needed]
  • Nicholas Lamia, United States Navy for his service in France in WWII. He was in the very first wave on Omaha Beach. Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (13 February 2013)[citation needed]
  • Victor Erofeyev, Russian writer (3 October 2013)[citation needed]
  • Gennady Timchenko, Russian-Finnish businessmen (12 October 2013)[citation needed]
  • George Lizanich, American Army Staff Sergeant for his service in France in WWII[citation needed]
  • Frances "Rusty" Rice, b. 1920, American, US Army Nurse in the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne, France WWII, Chevalier presented 27 December 2014AD[citation needed]
  • Johnie V. Arnold (2015), US Coast Guard, USS Bayfield (WWII), Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa; Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, presented in January 2015 at the Arkansas State Capitol by Sujiro Seam, the consul general of France in Houston.[258]
  • Tommy Gooch (2015), US Army, 90th Infantry Division (WWII), Normandy; Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, presented in January 2015 at the Arkansas State Capitol by Sujiro Seam, the consul general of France in Houston.[258]
  • Greggory Swarz (2015) (US) USAF Staff Sgt. of the 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, for saving three French Airmen from a fiery crash by pulling them from the wreckage and using a tourniquet to save the third airman whose hand was lost in the crash during a NATO training exercise at Los Llanos Air Base, Spain, where he also earned the USAF Airman's Medal.[331][332]
  • Mark Moogalian (2015) (US), Chris Norman (UK), Anthony Sadler (US), Alek Skarlatos (US), and Spencer Stone (US) for stopping and subduing the gunman of the 2015 Thalys attack.[241]
  • Yang Ho Cho chairman, Hanjin Group(South Korea), Grand Officier of the Légion d'honneur, presented in November 2015
  • Ronald Oxley (2015) (UK), b. 1923, former Petty Officer in the Royal Navy, for his role delivering ambulances to Omaha Beach on D-Day, in landing craft LCT 727.
  • Cedrik Wasser, a British veteran, was awarded Chevalier de la legion d'honneur in 2015 by the French President, Monsieur François Hollande, for taking part in the Battle of Normandy and helping the liberation of France.
  • Robert Vincent Eley was appointed Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur in November 2015 in recognition of his acknowledged military engagement and steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.
  • Robert M Gardner (Awarded December 2015) For Invaluable contribution to the liberation of France. Robert landed on Gold beach during the Normandy Invasion as part of the 49th West Riding Infantry Division. (Polar Bear) and went on to Fontenay-Le-Pesnel where he was involved in a heavy battle with the 12th SS Panzer Division. During this battle Robert was badly wounded. During his recovery he was nursed by Q.A. Sister Mary, whom later became his wife, and was still by his side when Robert received his medal 71 years later.
  • Lance Corporal William Sutherland (Born 1921, Died 2015)(Awarded December 2015) For his contribution to the liberation of France. Posted with the Seaforth Highlanders (51st Division, 2nd Battalion) he was part of the invading forces at Normandy and saw action in Italy and Africa. William Died before he could be presented with his award.
  • John Mierzejewski, Chevalier, (awarded May 2016), Private 1st Class (US Army), 29th infantry division, 16th infantry regiment, Heavy artillery gunner. Landed on Omaha Beach as part of the second wave of the invasion of Normandy.

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