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Greenbear The Den Remembers and says Thank You "Francis Okuly"

Our first in a series of shout outs leading to Memorial Day

"Thank you to the Men, Women who served and their families. Without your sacrifice we would not be free"

Francis Lawerence Okuly was born on June 14, 1921, in Auburn Indiana to William John and Mary Francis Karst Okuly.  He was one of eight children born to this union.  Francis enlisted in the Army on June 20th, 1942, in Indianapolis Indiana.  He served in the US Army during WWII as a Corporal for Company B 27th infantry. Francis earned many awards and medals while serving in the military. He earned the EAME (European - African - Middle Eastern campaign medal) Theater Medal with four Bronze Stars (which is given to military service members that have served and performed a military duty in the European Theater during World War 2.  He also earned the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Distinguished Unit Citation, and a Bronze Star Medal. 

Francis was also awarded with a Normandy Medal which was presented to him by the Huntington County Commissioners office on behalf of the Government of France for his participation in the Normandy invasion.  On October 19th, 1945, Francis was discharged from the army and came back to Huntington County until his death on July 25th, 2009.  He is buried at the Mount Calvary cemetery in Huntington IN.

Thanks Francis

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