Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: June 17, 2016
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
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.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569