A French military honor has been presented to 94 year-old Cleon Wood of Cedar Falls. Wood was a gunner on B-17 bombers that flew more than 30 missions over Europe in World War II. Wood received the French Legion of Honor for his participation in the June 1944 D-Day invasion and other American air missions in France. Counsel General of France for the Midwest, Vincent Floreani presented the medal to Wood in a weekend ceremony. Floreani says, "these people are so humble, they don't think they did anything special, they say they were just doing their job, but they are heroes."
Wood also received an award for 70 years of continuous membership in the Cedar Falls American Legion.