@franceinsf U.S. Staff Sergeant Duane Hyde has been bestowed by French Consul General in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, to the rank of Chevalier in the Legion of Honour for his service during World War II in Alsace, where he was placed immediately in combat in freezing weather in 1943.
Staff Sergeant Duane Hyde was born in Almont, North Dakota on October 3, 1923.
His military service was sandwiched halfway through his college work. When he volunteered for the Army Reserve in December of 1942, he needed a birth certificate. He was born at home without a doctor so there was none on file. Two old timers in his town helped guarantee a new birth certificate that was satisfactory for the army and he became an American G.I. He joined the army reserve because he was informed that he would be able to finish his college semester but was inducted immediately and off to basic training. His first stop was at Camp Callen near San Diego California for basic training in anti-aircraft. After other stops, he applied and was accepted for pilot training in the Air Force. Surprisingly on April 1st (no joke) he was notified that he would go into the infantry, as they were losing more infantry soldiers than anticipated and they had enough pilots in the pipeline for the present needs. His infantry experience began with another basic training where the 70th Infantry Division was activated in Oregon. In September 1943 he went through further training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri and refitted with new gear that was not winterized. Higher echelon, even General Eisenhower believed that WWII in Europe would be over by Christmas. He was deployed to Southern France and transported by box car to Alsace France where he was immediately placed in combat in freezing weather, sometimes 20 below. He and his regiment arrived on the front line without any support units such as; headquarters, heavy equipment, communications and even their Commanding General was still in United States.
To know more: https://www.consulfrance-sanfrancisco.org/spip.php?article3889
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