Ted Diamond To Receive France’s Highest Honor

Bob Loomis is not the only Westporter being honored by the French government for heroism during World War II.

Next Friday (July 3), Ted Diamond receives France’s highest medal: the insignia of Chevalier (knight) of the Legion of Honor.

The award — established by Napoleon in 1802 — acknowledges the longtime Westporter (and former 2nd selectman’s) enduring contribution to the success of Operation Dragoon, a military campaign to free the nation from Nazi domination.

Ted Diamond

Ted Diamond

Diamond was an Army Air Corps combat navigator with the 15th Air Force. He flew 50 missions over highly secured military installations throughout Europe, often leading a group of 28 B-17s.

Diamond has spent the last 60 years in Westport. In addition to 3 terms as 2nd selectman, he was a 3-term RTM member, and volunteered on numerous town committees, commissions and boards.

The Legion of Honor ceremony takes place at 5 p.m. on Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport. The site is fitting: in front of the frigate Hermione, an exact replica of the 18th-century ship that brought Lafayette here to support General Washington.

July 3 is the day before America’s national holiday. It’s also Diamond’s 98th birthday. He says he is humbled by the honor, and wishes the 9 other crew members on his 50 missions were alive to share it with him.

He does call it “one helluva birthday present.”


9 responses to “Ted Diamond To Receive France’s Highest Honor

  1. Betty Lou Cummings

    Wow…congratulations Ted…what an amazing life…you have given to us in Westport too! Happy Birthday!!!….hugs, Betty Lou Cummings

  2. Carissa Baker

    Is he Jon Diamond’s father?

  3. Congrats Ted!!!!
    I wish you the best!!!

  4. don l bergmann

    I have had a number of meaningful and joyous interactions with Ted Diamond. Brevity is appropriate. This honor is wonderful and so is Ted.

    Don Bergmann

  5. Mark J. Marcus

    Ted. What a well deserved honor. Thank you for all you have done for our Town and for our Country. We have enjoyed working with on so many Westport causes over the years. Thank you also for your many years of service as a member of the Democratic Town Committee. All our best.
    Jan and Mark Marcus

  6. Ted, we are so proud to put you on line one among friends. The service and love you have given us and the town and your country will never go unnoticed.
    Love, Alberta and Charlie

  7. Wow…! Congratulations and a very Happy Birthday to you.

  8. congratulations Ted…well deserved my friend.