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After 73 years, US World War II veteran awarded France's highest honor for military service

DES PLAINES, Ill. - Seventy-three years after the end of World War II, U.S. Army veteran Xenophon "Fonda" Doudalis has a new and distinguished medal for his service all those years ago.

On Friday, the 94-year-old Des Plaines, Ill., resident, dressed in a gray suit and Army cap, was awarded the French Legion of Honor, the highest French government order recognizing military and civilian merit. The honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

Guillaume Lacroix, Chicago-based consul general of France, presented Doudalis with the medal of honor during a ceremony

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