Ernest Marvel, a 98-year-old World War II veteran from Frankford, Delaware, was awarded the French Legion of Honor in July for his pivotal role in helping liberate France from the Germans during the war. Marvel’s memories span from the dark days of combat, including liberating the Dachau concentration camp, to the contemporary recognitions of his heroism.
- Ernest Marvel, a World War II Army Veteran, was awarded the French Legion of Honor almost 80 years after his service in liberating France from German control during WWII.
- As part of the U.S. Army Company B, 179th Infantry Regiment, Marvel navigated dangerous terrains filled with mines and engaged in intense combats against the Germans. He played a key role in liberating the Dachau concentration camp, where he witnessed the grim realities of the Holocaust.
- Marvel’s experiences from the war left him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but he has sought help and has been sharing his stories over the years, leading to his recent recognition.
- The Legion of Honor was established in 1802 to recognize exceptional services rendered to France, both by military and civilian personnel. Every year, approximately 300 foreigners are decorated with this prestigious honor.
- Despite the traumas of the war, Marvel maintains an active lifestyle in his community, engaging in activities like singing karaoke at local clubs and nurturing his beloved garden.