Albuquerque Veteran of World Battle II honored with French medal

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – 76 years after returning from service in France during World War II. An Albuquerque veteran is awarded a prestigious medal by the French government.

Staff Sergeant Duane K. Harvey has received a number of awards for service in World War II. “I have received various awards from Belgium and also Holland,” said Sgt. Harvey.

He received another one Thursday morning. During a Veterans Day ceremony in Albuquerque Meadows, a member of the French Consulate presented Harvey with the Legion’s Chevalier class for his service to France during the Alsace Campaign in World War II. He served as a paratrooper.

The Legion class corresponds to the US Bronze Star. Despite the honor, Harvey, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather says he’s like everyone else. “I led a completely normal life, started a family,” said Harvey.

After serving three years in the Army, Harvey graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in geology, where he met his wife. They married in 1947 and spent the next 50 years together before she died.

He moved to Albuquerque soon after and has been here for 20 years. “I like the weather, I don’t have to mow the grass, I don’t have to shovel snow,” said Harvey.

On Thursday morning, all three of his children were at the ceremony, watching their father receive an award they knew he deserved. Harvey will be celebrating his 97th birthday next month.

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