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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Gonzales man receives Medal of Honor

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  • Eight recipients, one awarded posthumously, were bestowed the French Legion of Honor Ceremony on Sept. 11, 2013 at the World War II Museum in New Orleans, at the Louisiana Pavilion. Consul General Jean Claude Brunet presented the Medal of Honor to John T. Remel. Remel is a resident of Gonzales and a member of the American Legion, Gautreau-Williams Post 81. Also, joining Remel was Commander Stephen Henry, American Legion Gautreau-Williams Post 81. Remel's family and friends attended the ceremony. The French Legion of Honor dates back to Emperor Napoleon. The Navy Band performed the National Anthem, LA Marseillaise and Armed Services Medley. A champagne toast of thanks by Consul General Jean Claude Brunet and a reception followed the ceremony.
    Remel was part of the 3111th Signal Service Battalion and arrived in Normandy on June 12 1944 to fight for the liberation of France from German occupation. He was attached to the Advanced Section of Communication Zone. He was sent to Carentan, initially where his unit temporarily bivouacked. From there he followed various infantry divisions on to Parish. Remel took part in the Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland Campaigns earning 5 battle stars. Remel was an interpreter in primarily French and in German. Remel has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Service Medal.
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