Dallas Bar Association

DBA Member Awarded Knight of the Legion Honor

Joseph Geary, founding shareholder of Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C., was recently honored with France’s highest military decoration— Knight of the Legion of Honor.

“[The medal] is a sign of France’s infinite gratitude and appreciation for your personal and precious contribution to the United States’ decisive role in the liberation of our country,” wrote Francois Delattre, France’s ambassador to the U.S. in a letter to Mr. Geary. “The French people will never forget your courage and devotion to the great cause of freedom.”

Mr. Geary enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1942, during World War II. In the course of his military service, he flew more than 50 European combat missions as a navigator with the 450th Bombardment Group.

According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, during one of Mr. Geary’s missions, his plane was severely damaged, and his co-navigator moved up to take over for the co-pilot, who had been badly injured. They couldn’t bail out without abandoning the co-pilot, and Mr. Geary helped guide the pilot toward the safety of an Allied airfield in Yugoslavia.

For his courageous acts, Mr. Geary was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal. After his military service, he returned to Dallas and attended SMU Dedman School of Law, where he graduated in 1948. He has served as Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County and as a member of the Dallas City Council. He then went on to help start the firm of Geary, Porter and Donovan.

Mr. Geary, a longtime Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Foundation member, was honored with the award on October 8.

Thank you for your service to our country!

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