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Veteran to speak about service in World War II

Jay Karpin honored in 2015 by France for his 35 missions as bombardier in 1944-45

Editor’s note: Apologies to the AARP and especially to our friend Jay Karpin for inadvertently omitting this announcement from the pages of The Commons.

BRATTLEBORO—A highly decorated World War II veteran will give a presentation about his wartime experiences next week.

Bombardier Jay Karpin will present “How I Won the French Legion of Honor” at the Brattleboro AARP Chapter meeting on Tuesday, April 17 meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St.

In 2015, Karpin, then 91, earned the Legion of Honor from the government of France in honor of his service to the Army Air Force in 1944 and 1945. The award is the highest honor available to a non-citizen of that country.

As a first lieutenant, Karpin flew the first of his 35 missions on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

He later received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received four Battle Stars and five Air Medals.

Karpin received a personal citation from aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor recipient General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle and a Presidential Unit Citation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

In 2014, he was named an honorary member of the United States Air Force program “Veterans in Blue.”

The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jean Garrecht at 802-257-0048 or

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Originally published in The Commons issue #455 (Wednesday, April 18, 2018).


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