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Francis H. Crane
721st Squadron



Information courtesy of 450th Bomb Group (H) The "Cottontails" of WWII and Turner Publishing Company



Athens veteran Francis Crane who this past week was awarded France’s highest honor for his military service in World War II.

The 87-year-old Crane received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal — recognized as the highest honor that France can bestow, during a ceremony Saturday at Athens VFW Post 3477.

A navigator, who enlisted in the military in 1944, Crane completed 50 missions in Europe, including Italy and Southern France, and received numerous awards for his service from the U.S. government.

Information courtesy of The Athens Messenger



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