LEXINGTON, KY — Dr. Marvin Mills, 96, World War II veteran and long-time resident of Morning Pointe of Lexington-East, was recognized by the government of France with the French Legion of Honor at his home at the senior living and Alzheimer’s memory care community.

Presented by the president of the French Republic, Dr. Mills received the highest order of merit for non-French individuals for his service, courage and dedication.

Local dignitaries were in attendance to witness the ceremony, including Jim Gray, Lexington Mayor, Andy Beshear, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Corey Ann Howard Jackson, Policy and Constituent Services Liaison from the Kentucky Secretary of State Office, and Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France in Chicago.

Originally from Turkey Knob, WV, Dr. Mills enlisted in the Army and was assigned to tours in North Africa and France. During his service, he escorted captured German soldiers to prisoner of war camps, and stood in as a military police officer for the decimated French forces.