Two Scottsdale WWII veterans to receive France’s highest honor

The government of France will present its highest honor next week to eight Arizona World War II veterans, including two who reside in Scottsdale.

The eight veterans have been approved for the award of The National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank of Chevalier (Knight).

The award is the highest honor France bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals.

The presentations will be made by Gerrit M. Steenblik, Honorary Consul of France in Arizona, at a private ceremony co-hosted by the American Legion Mary Ellen Post 94, Sun City West and the John J Morris Post and Unit 62, Peoria.

The presentation will be made 1 p.m. April 7 at the American Legion John J. Morris Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove, Peoria.

Those to be honored:

  • Major Alfred R. Tyler served in World War II with the U.S. Army as Battalion Sergeant Major and later as Adjutant, Air and Forward Observer with the 494th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 12th Armored Division with service in France and Germany. His significant decorations include the Bronze Star Medal.  He resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Mary.
  • Master Sergeant John M. Chittick served in World War II as a Combat Infantryman with the U.S. Army, Service Company, 71st Infantry, 44th Infantry Division with service in France, Germany and Austria. His significant decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and EAME Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.  Mr. Chittick resides in Scottsdale.
  • Staff Sergeant Howard G. King served in World War II with the U.S. Army as a Combat Infantryman and Squad Leader with the Anti-tank Company of the 18th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army’s 1st Division with service in France, Germany, Belgium, Sicily and Africa. His significant decorations include Bronze Star Medal, 2 Purple Heart Medals, Good Conduct Medal and EAME Service Medal with one Silver Service Star and one Bronze Service Star.  Mr. King resides in Tucson.
  • Technican 4 Zenas A. Prust served in World War II as an Infantryman with U.S. Army 54th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division with service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Germany.  His significant decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Victory Medal, EAME Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. Mr. Prust resides in Tempe.
  • Technican 5 Eugene W. Miller served in World War II with the U.S. Army as a Field Lineman with the Headquarters and Service Company, 283rd 1st Engineers with service in France, Sicily, Italy and Germany.  His significant decorations include the Good Conduct Medal and EAME Ribbon with one Bronze Star. Mr. Miller resides in Sun City West with his wife, Rita.
  • Technician 5 Hugo A. Tringali served in World War II with the U.S. Army as Artillery Combat with the 8th Infantry Division with service in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.  His significant decorations include the Good Conduct Medal and EAME with four Bronze Stars. Mr. Tringali resides in Sun City West with his wife, Elsy.
  • Private First Class Benjamin Haber served in World War II with the U.S. Army as a Dental Lab Technician and a Combat Scout with the U.S. Army 5th Infantry Division with service in France and Germany. His significant decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and EAME Service Medal. Mr. Haber resides in Peoria with his wife, Jayne.
  • Private First Class Donald B. Loomis served in World War II with the US Army as a Mortar Gunner with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and Germany.  His significant decorations include the Purple Heart Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Loomis resides in Sun City West.

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