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MV veteran inducted into French Legion of Honor

Original post made on May 20, 2015

It's safe to say that there aren't too many residents of Mountain View who belong to the French Legion of Honor. Alfonso Barreras, an 80-year-old Mountain View resident, is the latest to receive the honor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9:16 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by Reader
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

He aged ten years in the time it took to read one sentence!

Posted by DG
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm

First he's 80 then he's 90. The medal was created by Napoleon more than 70 years after he died. Lots of problems here. Good thing I already read this story a month ago when it was actually news.

Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

OK, the writing is a little quirky. A typo or two (the award was created in 1802, not 1892 -- I sure hope most people writing today would spot a problem with Napoleon Bonaparte doing anything at all in 1892). And 3rd paragraph declares that Pauline Carmona lives at the French Consulate (it would be more usual to identify Carmona herself as a French Consul, or is she just someone who lives there?)

But those are trivial things. This award is a big deal (highest decoration from a nation that likes to award decorations). Roughly like, in England, the monarch naming Mr Barreras "Sir Alphonso." In the French-speaking world, he has earned the formal title "Chevalier Barreras."

My father, like the fathers of many of my peers, was among many soldiers who participated in the invasion of western Europe spearheaded by Mr. (now Chevalier) Barreras and his comrades. We should all be proud that a veteran of such service and recognized distinction lives in Mountain View today, and I'm glad the Voice featured the story.

Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 20, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I am guessing they meant to say he was an 80 year resident of MV (as the following sentence said he was born in AZ). Hopefully the editor will correct for hardcopy version of the MVV.

In any case, I would like to say 'Thank you for your service Mr Barreras and congratulations on this great honor'

Many of us have fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who served in WWII, many were injured, some never returned. Let's continue to honor those who are still with us. The number of surviving WWII Veterans is dwindling, in a few more years there will be none left. Web Link

Posted by Hmm
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on May 20, 2015 at 5:16 pm

English is my second language, but I notice all these logical and factual mistakes and odd word order or repeated words...

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