Evansville native receives France’s highest military honor

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Dignitaries from half a dozen European countries made the trip to Evansville to honor the men and women who sacrificed 75 years ago on D-Day.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke detailed the big role the River City played in World War II.

Perhaps the highlight of the emotional ceremony was Evansville native Donald Cobb receiving the highest honor the country of France can bestow. Cobb received the Legion of Honor from Guillame Lecroix, a Consul General from France.

Cobb served in the Navy and helped liberate the country from Nazi occupation.

When addressing the crowd, a humble Cobb detailed a recent trip he took to England. He reminded everyone that the Coast Guard manned 90% of the landing craft that brought the soldiers to the shores of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Cobb wanted to make sure those people got the due they deserve as the day is remembered in history.

Also aboard the ship Thursday morning was Anna Mosby whose husband was on the LST 325 during the D-Day invasion and was actually injured during the battle.    

“My husband, Lloyd Mosby was on the ship in Normandy and he was hit. He was on one of the guns, the big guns, and he was hit with shrapnel really bad, but he made it back to Indiana and he was on the ship for three years before he came home.”

Above the historic ship was an equally important part of history in the sky. World War II veteran Allen Sanderson was aboard a B-17 alongside Eyewitness News’ Brad Byrd.

The plane referred to as the “Flying Fortress” by many has been in Evansville for the last few days in honor of the D-Day anniversary. Sanderson flew a P-47 built in Evansville during World War II.​​​​​​​

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(This story was originally published on June 6, 2019)

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