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The Legion of Honor (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). Although technically membership in the Légion is restricted to French nationals, foreign nationals who have served France may receive a distinction of the Légion. Therefore James H. Doolittle was an eligible recipient of the award.