Special to the Journal-World
A 102-year-old Kansas University alumnus on Friday received France's highest award in recognition of his military service during World War I.
Lucius J. Perkins, who graduated from KU in 1921, and several other American and Allied veterans who fought on French soil, received the National Order of The Legion of Honor.
The presentation ceremony was part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the 1918 armistice that ended the war.
Perkins, who now lives in Ramona, Calif., enrolled at KU in 1915 but withdrew from the university during the fall 1917 semester to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served under the Headquarters 60th Field Artillery Brigade, 35th Division, American Expeditionary Force.
When the war ended, Perkins returned to KU and completed his bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering. He later went on to work for General Electric, where he was credited with three electrical-related patents.
Perkins also served in the Army during World War II as a procurement officer, achieving the rank of major.