Gibbs Receives French Legion of Honor Medal

A Newton County man was honored Monday by the French, more than sixty years after his heroics in World War II.

Vernon Gibbs was given the French Legion of Honor Medal during a ceremony at Regions Bank in Newton.

"Those people were so happy to see us, to come back and take their country over," said Gibbs. "They were crying. They were shouting. They were doing all kinds of things, because they knew that they had the Germans out of their country and they were free French people again."

The award was given for bravery Gibbs showed during his time fighting in France, specifically for an incident where he managed to repair allied communication lines during a period of intense fighting.

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