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Published November 11, 2010, 10:06 AM

French Legion of Honor bestowed on Fargo man

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A World War II veteran in Fargo has been honored by France for his military service.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A World War II veteran in Fargo has been honored by France for his military service.

Eighty-five-year-old Conrad "Connie" Newgren this fall was named by the president of France as a knight of the Legion of Honor, the nation's highest distinction.

Newgren was being given the award on Thursday during a Veterans Day ceremony in Fargo sponsored by the American Legion.

The Forum newspaper reports that Newgren served with the storied 3rd Infantry Division. The Purple Heart recipient is believed to be the last surviving service member to have served shoulder to shoulder with Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier of the war.

Newgren also took the first boatload of Allied infantry from Strasbourg, France, across the Rhine River into Germany — making him one of the first U.S. soldiers to set foot on German soil in his sector.

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