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Oklahoma City World War II veteran receives French Legion of Honor medal

Retired Maj. Gen. Stanley F.H. Newman, of Oklahoma City, who was a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, was presented the Medal of Chevalier (Knight) of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony Saturday in Oklahoma City.
BY JOHN GREINER Modified: March 17, 2013 at 1:18 am •  Published: March 17, 2013

“I only regret she's not here to share this. She's the one who deserves this,” he said.

Newman received congratulatory commendations and letters from Gov. Mary Fallin; U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee; state Sen. Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City; state Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond; and U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City.

Final battle

On the last day of World War II, Newman forced two German planes down and shot down another, one of the last air victories of the war, Moak said.

A native of Chicago, Newman and his family moved to Oklahoma City in the late 1940s. He joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 185th Fighter Squadron, which then was based in Norman.

In 1951, the Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter unit was activated for the Korean War. Newman flew P-51s and F-80s in Korea. He flew 100 combat missions before returning to Oklahoma.

He later went to work full time for the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

During the Vietnam War, Newman flew the C-97 Stratocruiser and C-124 Globemaster on cargo missions into South Vietnam. He later flew the C-130 Hercules.

He rose in rank to brigadier general when he was appointed commander of the 137th Military Airlift Command in Oklahoma City.

Newman later was promoted to major general when he was assigned as special assistant to the commander-in-chief of the Military Airlift Command. He retired in 1983 after 41 years of service.

Newman's medals include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, and 14 Air Medals which represent combat aerial support.

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