BENTON, KY (KFVS) - A Benton, Kentucky man has been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for his extraordinary bravery in liberating France during WWII.
William D. Fasking served as a 1st Lieutenant glider pilot in the 9th Army Air Corps from February 1944-July 1945. He fought in the Southern France, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns.
The Legion of Honor is France's highest honor. It was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The National Order of the Legion of Honor recognizes eminent service to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are named by decree signed by the President of the Republic.
Fasking was awarded the grade of Chevalier, which means "Knight."
Fasking has also been highly decorated by the American government. Among other military awards, he is the recipient of the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Bronze Arrowhead.
After the war, Fasking returned to his hometown of Lexington, Ill. where he owned and operated a business for many years. He lived for many years in Gulfport, Miss. after retirement and recently relocated to Kentucky to be closer to his extended family, which includes four children, six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is 91 years old.