On Saturday, September 20, 2014, our brother J. Warren Roundhill was awarded the highest decoration bestowed by the French government. He was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.
The ceremony took place, appropriately, under the wing of a B-17 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Over a dozen brothers from University Lodge and other Seattle lodges turned out to see him receive this prestigious award. This medal was in recognition of his bravery and contributions to the liberation of France.
The ceremony commenced at 10am, with an invocation offered by Warren's minister, and an introduction detailing his personal and military life. As he was introduced, we were told that he has two children, 5 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. As he was called to the podium, be turned around and motioned for all of these youngsters present to be around him as a representative from the French consul pinned the medal on his chest.
During WWII, he served in both the R.A.F. and the U.S. 8th Air Force flying out of England. He has already been honored by the people of Normandy for my participation in the D-day operation. At right you can see the nose cone of a B-17, where Warren served as the togelier flying missions over France and Germany. Imagine being stationed in the nose of a plane flying 180mph attacked by fighters flying more that twice that fast-- "protected" only by a shell of glass. On display at the entrance to the WW 2 Courage wing will be his A-2 jacket with my art work on the, which he explained during the reception aftern the ceremony, A copy of his war memoirs was also available for perusal.