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Montville WWII Veteran Receives France's Highest Honor

The 90-year-old VFW Post 5481 public relations officer is now the newest Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.

Joseph 'Joe" Quade Courtesy VFW Post 5481
Joseph 'Joe" Quade Courtesy VFW Post 5481

It's never too late to thank a hero. The nation of France looked into its past and recently gave one of its highest honors to a Montville World War II veteran for the part he played more than 70 years ago in liberating that country during was honored recently by the French government for his part in liberating the country during the second great war, the Daily Record reported.

Former U.S. Army paratrooper Joe Quade, 90, is now a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France. The 37-year Montville resident was given his medal by François Delattre, the French Ambassador to the U.S., the article said. The Legion of Honor is the highest decoration given in France. The Chevalier is the lowest of the legion's five degrees and signifies "knight."

At home, Quade earned three bronze stars plus paratrooper and glider trooper wings for his service. After his discharge, he received a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University and a master's at Cornell University, and retired after a 35-year career with Prudential Insurance. He remained active as a substitute teacher in Montville and running a travel company for veterans that he founded. Quade now handles public relations for Montville’s VFW Post 5481.

Mrs. Smith December 17, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Congratulations Mr. Quade! On another note, this is the Montville Patch - double L. Why didn't anyone pick up the mispelling in the title of this article?
Noel Glaser December 17, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Although there are many wonderful volunteers in Montville, I believe the Person of the Year should without question be Joe Quade. He recently received France's Highest Honor and is now officially a Knight. This vibrant 90-year-old VFW Post 5481 public relations officer is now the newest Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He should however be honored for what he means to our schools and community today. I have seen him walk those long front steps of Montville Twp. H.S. on numerous occassions bringing us materials and supplies he acquired through his many contacts. Joe Quade, 2013 Person of the year. Please make it happen.
Nicholas Agnoli December 18, 2013 at 09:15 AM
I agree with Mr. Glaser. Also, as he was a substitute in our District, MTHS Hall of Fame seems like a given.

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