Community, American Legion Honors a Local Hero

February 20, 2011

The American Legion Post 74 honored Carl "Chubby" Proffitt Monday for his service in World War II. Rep. Robert Hurt pinned Proffitt with the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur - The Legion of Honor.

The pin is France's highest award to an American.

"Just happy to be alive is what I can say. Still kicking, but not very high," Proffitt joked.

Congressman Hurt thanked Proffitt for his service and Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Huja declared Monday Chubby Proffitt Day. Members of the military gave him a map of the beaches of Normandy.

"The odds of them coming back were slim to none. And it's the people like him that stood up and led soldiers in one of the toughest environments that we would ever know," said Dennis Green of the National Guard.

Proffitt was also a mentor to kids in the city. He has taught baseball to children in the community. Plus, the complex at McIntire Park in Charlottesville is named after him.

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