Support our Troops: Albert J. Zimmerman Legion of Honor recipient

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By: Paula Green
          We introduced our readers to Albert J. Zimmerman, 90, of Allison Park in our Support Our Troops column in our Mar. 2011 issue.  We are pleased to announce that on Mar. 26; this brave WWII veteran received a prestigious award at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
          Zimmerman was pinned with the Legion of Honor, which is France’s highest medal of valor.  It is presented to United States veterans who risked their lives fighting on French territory during World War II. 

Zimmerman served in the U.S. Army for 38 months, from Jan. 4, 1943 through Mar. 13, 1946, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.   He was awarded the Legion of Honor for this leadership of a light machine gun squad against the Germany enemy. 
       Zimmerman003   He was a member of the 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division which liberated the Dachau concentration camp north of Munich.  Zimmerman and his fellow soldiers fought off the German armored thrust for ten days at the battle of Hatten-Rittershoffen while the Battle of the Bulge was taking place north in Belgium during the Christmas season of 1944-1945.
  Over the years, he has been presented with other prominent military accolades – the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Expert Infantry Badge.  He was also bestowed with three battle stars for conflicts in Alsace, Rhineland and Middle Europe.
         Zimmerman is a graduate of Etna High School, and the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.  He married Edith Bauer of Millvale in 1948.
          After college, Zimmerman worked as a newspaper editor in Fairmont, W.Va., and Richmond, Va.  He returned to Pittsburgh and joined the fundraising organization – Ketchum, Inc., where he worked for 33 years.
          Since his retirement 26 years ago, Zimmerman has been actively involved with Christ Lutheran Church in Millvale.  He served as its president and was elected three times to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
            Zimmerman001Zimmerman has volunteered at the Carnegie Library and at the model railroad display.  He is also active in military veterans’ organizations.  In his spare time he likes to listen to jazz.  He and Edith have three children: Craig of Attleboro, Mass., Marsha Kruze of Loveland, Ohio, and Terry Shand of Frankstown, Colo., and six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
             Northern Connection magazine congratulates Albert J. Zimmerman for Legion of Honor award, and we thank him for his commitment and devotion in serving our country in wartime.