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Placitan Edwin Ledbetter stands tall with his children at his side and medal of honor on his lapel.

Placitas resident Edwin D. Ledbetter receives French Legion of Honor

Edwin D. Ledbetter and his wife Beverly have lived happily in Placitas for 18 years. On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Edwin D. Ledbetter was awarded the French Legion of Honor in San Francisco. He had received a letter from the French Ambassador in Washington, D.C, that read in part:

By decree of President Hollande, on June 3, 2013, you have been appointed a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor. This award testifies to President Hollande’s high esteem for your merits and accomplishments. In particular, it is a sign of France’s infinite gratitude and appreciation for your personal and precious contribution to the United States’s decisive role in the liberation of our country during World War II. The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of exceptional merit. The French people will never forget your courage and your devotion to the great cause of freedom. It is a true pleasure for me to convey to you our sincere and warm congratulations.

Lt. Edwin Ledbetter was a twenty-year-old pilot of a B-17, returning from a mission to Germany on March 14, 1944, when he encountered flak and was shot down over France in the small village of Lhuitre in Champagne country. He was a prisoner of war of the Germans in occupied France in Rheims for almost six months before General Patton’s army liberated him.

It was arranged he receive the medallion of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, so that Edwin’s three children and four of his five grandchildren, who all reside in California, could be able to attend the bestowal ceremony. His wife, Beverly LaVigne Ledbetter, accompanied him to California to the ceremony given by the French Consul General Mr. Romain Serman at his official residence. Senator Feinstein of California also sent a representative to read her letter of commendation. The impressive ceremony consisted of a brief background of Mr. Ledbetter’s military and professional careers, French champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and the presentation of the prestigious Legion of Honor.

Judy Cole

Judy Katherine Cole, 71, of Bernalillo, NM, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 following a brief illness.

She leaves her best friend and husband of 37 years, George E Cole, Jr.; his daughter, Christie (Scott) Logan of Placitas, NM; and his sons, Trey of Wichita, KS and Glen (Lisa) Cole of Tulsa, OK; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Born in 1942 in Jacksboro, TX and raised in Graham, TX, she graduated from Graham High School in 1960. She is the daughter of the late Loren Max and Opal Katherine (Hamric) Klinger, and she also leaves her sister Jere Ann (Bobby) Kreaps of Edmond, OK; and three nephews Gary, Max, and Michael Kreaps of whom she was so fond.

Judy and George moved from Tulsa, OK to Bernalillo, NM in May of 2007. Judy immediately secured a job with New Mexico Educator’s Federal Credit Union where she worked until she retired in December 2010.

Judy never met a stranger and could put anyone at ease with her smile and warmth. She put these skills to good work and happily served loyal customers during her career in banking, and an interlude in the cosmetics industry. She earned lifelong friendships wherever she lived and worked in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Per Judy’s wishes there will be no funeral. A memorial gathering will be planned at a later date. Those who wish to sign Judy's guest book, please visit,

Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda—(505) 898-316

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