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Oklahoma State Senate 
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2016

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Sen. Anthony Sykes

Oklahoma Senate, French government honor WWII veteran from Moore


For his distinguished service and heroism flying combat missions during World War II, the Oklahoma Senate and the French government on Thursday honored a World War II veteran from Moore.

Lloyd Mitchell served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator in a B-17, and completed 25 air missions over Nazi occupied France, including 12 missions over France when there was no fighter protection for Allied bombers. Mitchell received the Distinguished Flying Cross and many other decorations for his service.

Senator Anthony Sykes presented Mitchell with a citation from the Oklahoma State Senate commending him for his bravery and service to the state and nation. Consul General of France Sujiro Seam presented the Legion of Honor medal on behalf of the French government in honor of Mitchell’s service during World War II.

“Lloyd Mitchell is a man of uncommon character and bravery. Because of the service and bravery of Oklahomans like Lloyd Mitchell, America and its allies liberated the world from evil and tyranny. We appreciate his dedication to our state and country, and extend to Mr. Mitchell our utmost thanks and highest regards for his service,” said Sykes, R-Moore.



(left to right) The Oklahoma State Senate honors World War II veteran Lloyd Mitchell. As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Mitchell flew 25 combat missions over Nazi occupied France, including 12 missions without the protection of Allied fighter pilots. Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, talks with Mitchell before presenting him with the citation during a recent ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center.



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Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569

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