Thune looking for veterans of D-Day invasion Congressman John Thune is again looking for South Dakota veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe in 1944. These veterans are eligible for the Jubilee of Liberty Medal.
Thune had earlier obtained medals for a number of South Dakota veterans. However, after the medals were minted many more Normandy veterans contacted Thune's office to inquire about the medals. Due to the strong interest, Thune was able to obtain permission to mint more medals.
In 1994, on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the French government presented U.S. servicemen who served in the battle of Normandy with a specially minted medal to honor their service. Many Normandy veterans were not able to travel to France for the ceremony. Replicas of the original medal will be specially minted and presented to eligible veterans who make application to Thune's office.
Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and participated in the battle of Normandy from June 6, 1944 through Aug. 31, 1944 are eligible for the medal. This will be the final opportunity to obtain the Jubilee of Liberty Medal through Thune's office. There will be a nominal charge for the medals.
The application deadline is Sept. 1. The number of medals minted will depend on the number of applications. Therefore, no applications will be accepted that are postmarked after the deadline.
For applications, contact Thune's office at (800) 755-5646.