World War Two Utah Beach D-Day Veteran Awarded France’s Highest Honor

Winfred C. Polzin a long time resident of Braham Minnesota has been awarded The Légion of Honour from France for his involvement in D-Day’s Operation Overlord which occurred on June 6, 1944 on Utah Beach 75 years ago.

Polzin was a sergeant in the 1st Engineer Special Brigade, 478th Amphibious Truck Company. He landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944 acting as Beach Master for the 478th in a DUKW, as part of the 4th Infantry Division. 

He joined the U.S. Army on January 23, 1942 and was involved in Operation Torch, the Invasion of North Africa, Operation Husky, and The Invasion of Sicily, Italy.  He was on LST 507 that was torpedoed and sank during Exercise Tiger. Winfred passed away on February 24, 2019 at the of age 100.

Receiving the Légion of Honour on behalf of her father is daughter Mary Dorow.

Presenting the award on June 6, 2019 on behalf of the Republic of France are staff from the Bong Veterans Historical Center of Superior Wisconsin; Museum Director Hayes Scriven and Museum Curator Briana Fiandt

Polzin’s family are grateful to the Republic of France for this high honor to Winfred.

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