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Lockport WWII veteran Ed Kolek named to French Legion of Honor

by jmaloni

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Thu, Nov 21st 2013 09:55 pm

Lockport World War II veteran Ed Kolek was named to the French Legion of Honor during a special ceremony at the B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post No. 410 on Thursday. Napoleon Bonaparte instituted the award in 1802 to denote special service to France.

Kolek piloted B-24 aircraft in 47 missions and contributed to the liberation of France.

Pictured, from left, are State Sen. George Maziarz, Kolek, Honorary French Consul Pascal Soares, and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.

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