December 2, 2016

College Alum Receives France’s Highest Honor

College Alum Receives France’s Highest Honor
May 5, 2011

On April 14, College alum Edgar Peara (C’47) was honored with the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The Legion of Honour—France’s highest military honor—was founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Peara received the honor for his contribution to the liberation of France and because of his impressive and distinguishable wartime service. Peara served in World War II as an officer on a special brigade involved with invasions in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Salerno, Normandy, and the Pacific.

To read more about Peara, his military service, and his military honor, click here. To hear what Peara had to say after receiving the honor, click here and watch the video.



  • Wendy

    This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing his speech. It was lovely to see all his war medals balanced by his “veterans for peace” button. My husband is also a member of Veterans for Peace here in Maine–the birthplace of this organization. They do wonderful work.