Manly (IA). WWII Veteran Marcus Bartusek receives the French Legion of Honor


On October 9, Consul General Lacroix presented the Legion of Honor to WWII veteran Marcus Bartusek, 93, in Manly, Iowa. The ceremony took place at the Edward Tosel American Legion Post in the presence of family members, friends, as well Matthew Rector representing U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. Marcus Bartusek, known in his hometown of Manly as “Stub,” was part of the 106th Infantry Division. He fought in Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe.

Manly vet receives highest French honor for World War II service
By Chris ZOELLER The Globe Gazette - October 9, 2018

MANLY | As a medal for France’s highest distinction was pinned to his chest, a 93-year-old Manly World War II veteran said all he could do was think of others.
"I was thinking of all my buddies before me who couldn’t have this honor they deserved," Marcus "Stub" Bartusek told the Globe Gazette. "They gave their lives. It leaves me one of the lucky ones."
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Manly, IA Veteran Honored with Highest French Award
KAAL-TV/ABC 6 News - October 09, 2018 06:36 PM

Today, a north Iowa man was honored for his contributions during one of the most turbulent times in our history.
"The Order of the French Legion of Honor is the highest order that does exist in France," said Guillaume Lacroix, French Consul General based in Chicago.
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Veteran receives honor of distinction from France.
KMIT 3 News - October 9, 2018.


Iowa World War II veteran from Manly awarded French Legion of Honor
October 10, 2018 By Radio Iowa Contributor

A World War II veteran from Iowa was awarded Tuesday with France’s highest distinction for his actions nearly 74 years ago. [Listen/read more...]


Matt Rector, representing U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, WWII veteran Marcus Bartusek and Consul General Lacroix

On October 8th, Army Pvt. Donald Brown, from Thomson, Iowa, was honored by military and local authorities to mark the return of his remains to his hometown.
Donald Brown died in action in Normandy during World War II and was buried as an unknown at an American military cemetery in France until he was recently identified.

Remains of World War II Who Died in France Returned to Iowa
AP - Oct. 8, 2018
THOMPSON, Iowa (AP) — The remains of a U.S. soldier who died fighting in World War II have been returned to his native Iowa more than 70 years after he was buried as an unknown at an American military cemetery in France. Iowa Army National Guard members fired a 21-gun salute on Saturday to honor Army Pvt. Donald Brown, who was buried at a cemetery in Thompson, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported.
Brown joined the Army in 1942 and died two years later when his tank was destroyed by enemy fire near Cambernon, France. He was 24 at the time and his remains couldn’t be identified. [Read more...]

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