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Illinois veteran receives award from France

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:16:33 CST
By: AP

A suburban Chicago World War II veteran who fought in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge is to be named a knight of the French Legion of Honor. 88-year-old Schaumburg resident Jim Butz will receive the distinction on March 1st at the French consulate in Chicago. Butz will be honored for his role liberating France from Germany in 1944 and 1945. The award cannot be given posthumously. U.S. veterans who fought in four different French campaigns can receive the honor. The award is given to 100 people annually. Butz has had leukemia for the last nine years and is battling macular degeneration. Regardless, Butz says he's had ``a marvelous life.'' Butz says his children and friends will join him when he receives the award.

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