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    The highest honor awarded by the French government to a citizen of another country

    French Legion of Honor Medal, Chevalier (Knight) Degree, Presented in 1976 to and Directly from the Estate of NASA Legend Chris Kraft, in Tabletop Display, with Certificate of Authenticity. A beautifully enameled medal, 1.5" x 2.5", on a red ribbon inside a wood and glass frame measuring 6" x 8" x 2.5" overall. There are engraved plaques on both sides. The front reads:

    THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDAL
    PRESENTED TO
    CHRISTOPHER C. KRAFT, JR.
    BY
    HIS EXCELLENCY KOSCIUSKO-MORIZET
    REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC OCTOBER 13, 1976

    The plaque on the reverse reads:
    IN TRIBUTE TO HIS TIRELESS EFFORTS
    TOWARD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION
    BETWEEN FRANCE AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    This was awarded to Kraft on the above date at the residence of the French Ambassador His Excellency Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet in Washington, D.C. Interestingly, it was Napoleon Bonaparte who established the Légion d'honneur in 1802. An incredible piece for display. The top does lift off if one might want to examine or even wear the medal. Excellent. Included with this lot is a 10" x 8" silk finish B&W reprint photo of the front page of the JSC publication Roundup (October 22, 1976) where the lead article is "Dr. Kraft receives coveted Legion of Honor decoration." This item was kept by Kraft in the west bookcase of his office at home.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    21st-22nd Friday-Saturday
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