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Streator Man Receiving High Military Honor

Posted by wlpo on March 12, 2013

STREATOR, Ill. (AP) – Joseph Panno has been long-recognized as a soldier who fought his way through France during World War II. But a new honor will soon come the Streator man’s way.

Panno will receive the French Legion of Honor on March 20 before a Streator City Council meeting. The French government awards the medal to soldiers who saw combat against Nazi Germany’s troops.

The 92-year-old Panno was a U.S. Army machine-gunner in 1944 and ’45 in France, Belgium and Germany, earning the Bronze star and combat infantry badge. Panno recently learned he was eligible for the French honor, so he applied and will soon be decorated.

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