STATEHOUSE (Nov. 10, 2019) — Columbus resident and World War II veteran, Marvin R. Sabatino, was awarded the French Legion of Honor Sunday, according to State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus).
As France’s highest order of merit for military and civil service, this honor can be bestowed upon American veterans like Sabatino who risked their lives in World War II. On D-Day, Sabatino, who served as a medic, helped transport wounded service members to medical facilities and safely away from battle. He made more than 20 trips across the North Atlantic to help rescue soldiers throughout World War II.
“Marvin exemplifies the definition of hero,” Lauer said. “As we celebrate Veterans Day, it is very fitting to honor him and the many sacrifices he and others made. Marvin is beyond deserving of this award, and our city and country are eternally grateful to him for his brave service.”
The award was presented to Sabatino by Guillaume Lacroix, the Consul General of France to the Midwest, at a ceremony hosted by the International Center and the local Alliance Française, in Indianapolis.
State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,
which includes portions of Bartholomew County.
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