Feb 26, 2024 - News

France to bestow its highest military honor on New Orleans WWII veteran

Photos show a picture of Samuel Meyer as a young man in uniform and more current photo of his surrounded by hats.

Samuel Meyer was drafted into the military at age 18. He will turn 100 in August. Photos: Courtesy of the National WWII Museum

France on Tuesday will bestow its highest military and civil decoration on a New Orleanian who served in World War II.

Driving the news: Samuel Meyer, the owner of Meyer the Hatter, will be honored at an 11am ceremony at the National WWII Museum.

  • Laurent Bili, France's ambassador to the U.S., will bestow Meyer with the rank of Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.

Zoom out: Napoleon Bonaparte created the Legion of Honor in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France of exceptional merit.

  • American veterans who served in the liberation of France during WWII qualify for the honor.

Zoom in: Meyer turns 100 in August and still works three days a week at the hat store on St. Charles Avenue.

  • He was drafted at 18 and served in the 85th Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force, according to the museum.

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