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U. of I. historian
to be honored by king of Morocco
Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
— A history professor
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive Morocco’s
oldest and most prestigious decoration.
John A. Lynn, who specializes in French and military history, will
receive the Moroccan Order, the Ouissam Al Alaoui, the highest order
granted by the Moroccan monarchy, at the rank of commander. The Order
was established in 1913 and is given for “exceptional civil
and military accomplishments.”
The ceremony with King Mohammed VI takes place Nov. 27 at the Royal
Palace in Rabat. A French admiral and Portuguese general also will
receive the Ouissam.
Lynn is the president of the U.S. Commission on Military History and
the vice president of the Society for Military History.
He has worked extensively with the Moroccan Commission on Military
History, including joint history projects through the State Partnership
Program of the National Guard and the history section of the U.S.-Morocco
Defense Coordination Committee.
During World War II, the Ouissam Al Alaoui frequently was awarded
to U.S. military personnel involved in “Operation Torch,”
the allied invasion of French Morocco.
Famous award recipients include Gens. George S. Patton and Dwight
In 2005, Lynn was awarded the Palmes Académiques, or the Academic
Palms, one of France’s highest honors for academic achievement.
The award was given for outstanding contributions to French culture
Lynn joined the U. of I. history department in 1978, and is the author
or editor of eight books of history. A native of Glenview, Ill., he
earned his bachelor’s degree at Illinois, his master’s
at the University of California at Davis and his doctorate at UCLA.