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Manly Veteran Receives Legion of Honor

Veteran receives honor of distinction from France.

Posted: Tue Oct 09 16:36:46 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue Oct 09 16:36:47 PDT 2018

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fought for his country. and today... a north iowa veteran is awarded a high distinction from france... for his service during the battle of the bulge á one of the bloodiest battles in world war 2. newsroom kimt news 3's alex jirgens was at the ceremony today in manly... and joins us in the mason city newsroom... alex?xxx katie á it was a packed house at the edward tosel post number 1á10 today in manly. 93 year old marcus "stub" bartusek (bará tooásick) was awarded france's legion of honor á the highest distinction á for his service during the two month battle in the winter of 19á44 and 45. and it's something he says he would do all over again.xxx "it's a once in a lifetime. it's really honorable." bartusek (bará tooásick) was 18 when he was drafted into the war á serving as a corporal with the 106th infantry division's 424th regiment. he says having the support from the community and his family á is priceless. "it was wonderful, wonderful to have the kids with me and the grandkids with me. there was a lot of grandkids that couldn't make it, but the older ones that were here... i'm sure they enjoyed it, and really enjoyed having it. he is one of the few survivors of the battle á still living. "i'm doing well, all i've been through... with everybody else. i hope i can make it a few more years yet." guillaume lacroix (geeá umm luhácrah) is the consul general of france in chicago... and presented the honor to bartusek. he says the war was the defining moment of his native country during the 20th century... and wants to make sure this era in history... as well as those who were a part of it... are not forgotten. "without the assistance of not only the american soldiers but the entire american people, let's also not forget the women were at home supporting the war efforts. without america, we will no longer be free, and everyone knows that in france today." i asked bartusek if he would go back and do it all again... uás represenative rod blum (bloom) and uás senator chuck grassley uás represenative rod blum (bloom) and uás senator chuck grassley weren't able to be at the ceremony á and instead sent certificates of recognition in honor of bartusek (bartá shek)'s service. live in the mason city newsroom á alex jirgens á kimt news 3./// thank you alex. more than 89á thousand americans lost their lives in the battle of the bulge á according to the department
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