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News - December 17, 2010

Palo Altan Alfred Pepper receives French war decoration

Former shoe salesman, 96, honored in his home with French Legion of Honor medal

by Sue Dremann

Palo Alto resident Alfred Pepper has been a man of few words all of his life. The 96-year-old World War II veteran spoke little about his war experiences on two continents, according to his daughter, Jan Pepper.

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Posted by Donald Pepper
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I wanted to commend the French government for their gesture of thanks to the United States for our part in liberating France during WW II. Mr. Serman commented that he was hoping to find as many vets as possible although it was sixty six years ago. He had located six veterans and hoped to find more since they are an aging group. It was a wonderful ceremony and dad spoke more yesterday than he had in months. A thank you to our hero was much appreciated. Sincerely, Donald Pepper, son

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Posted by Thank you
a resident of another community
on Jan 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

US Army 1st Lieutenant (Ret) and Legion of Honor Medal Winner Alfred Pepper,

Thank you not only for your service to the French people, but also to your service to this country. Similar to how you speak little of the war, I assume the public surrounding of you speaks little of the gratitude so many of us feel to you and other veterans. Even know if may be seldom spoken to you, please know I feel a great deal of gratitude as do so many other Americans. "Well done" on earning such a prestigious honor.

A thankful citizen of Sunnyvale, CA

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