(WTNH) — A big salute to a World War II veteran who lives in Monroe.
Ninety-two-year-old Master Sergeant Robert Dimola received the “Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor” Tuesday.
Dimola tried to join the Navy, but was denied for being color-blind. He was later drafted by the Army into the war and became a Private. He fought with Battery B which was attached to the 83rd Division. He stormed the beaches of Normandy, which was the turning point of the war.
“We were all there, got off, fought in the war, get up there, save the Frenche’s country for them,” said Dimola.
Dimola didn’t want to talk too much about that day, but said he was just doing his job. Congressman Jim Himes presented the award.
“This is little bit of a unique one though because Mr. Dimola landed on the beach of Normandy in 1944 so in addition to his U.S. medals, he was given the French Legion of Honor. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever presented a French medal to a constituent so it made this one a little bit different than the ones we have the honor of presenting,” said Himes.
Dimola says he will hang up his medal.