WWII vet from Wis. awarded France's highest honor

CREATED Apr 9, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A World War II veteran from Brookfield has received France's highest military honor for bravery under fire while flying combat missions during the war.

Retired Lt. Col. Edward Tyre was awarded the French Legion of Honor on Saturday in Madison.

Now 88, Tyre enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He flew 50 combat missions over Italy, France and Germany from 1944 to 1945.

Tyre received his award from Paul Graham, the general consul of France in Chicago. Graham thanked him for helping to liberate the French.

The Legion of Honor is equivalent to the U.S. Medal of Honor.

Tyre's previous honors include the European Theater Campaign Medal with four battle stars. He accepted the French award in the name of his comrades, most of whom have died.