Normandy, France

60th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6, 2004


Dear Ben,

Just returned from France with my brother and father, where my father, Harland “Bud” Curtis, HQ, 1st Bn, and Dr. Walter Goforth, MD both received France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor on June 5, 2004 at the Hotel des Invaledes. On June 6th the group was taken to Omaha beach and we sat on the 5th row in front of President Bush as he gave his address. Please see the pictures. Only 100 American veterans were chosen to be taken to France to receive this medal. What an honor for two men from the 517th PRCT to be selected. It is my opinion that the French government has recognized the gallantry, valor, and sacrifice the men of the 517th PRCT gave to France. All of you are Legion of Honor winners! I just wish all of you could have been there with us. The French said, “We will never forget!”

Lory Curtis

    Received June 14, 2004