French Legion of Honor

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For the second time in four days, the French government has offered a Western New Yorker who served in World War II its highest honor, the Légion d'Honneur. This time, it was a Lackawanna native who served as an Army Nurse in 1944 and 1945.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A 95-year-old Olean man who served in World War II has received France's highest honor for military and civil merits. A representative of the French government presented Charles "Charlie" Brown with the Légion d'Honneur during a ceremony Friday afternoon in Olean.

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A local veteran who served in World War II has been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal.

Eighty-seven year old Joseph Consiglio of Kenmore received the medal at a ceremony at Old Fort Niagara. The medal was presented by Consul Pascal Soares from the French Consulate in Buffalo to honor Consiglio's work as a medic with the 75th Division.

The soldier also earned the Bronze Star for risking his life to treat his injured comrades during battle.