The Bulletin has learned that former Wilton resident and World War II hero Peter Kaskell died Dec. 12. A memorial service will be held early next year. Two years ago, Kaskell was awarded the Croix de Chevalier dans l\u2019Ordre de la L\u00e9gion d\u2019Honneur, one of France\u2019s highest honors, for his efforts during World War II. The medal, also known as the Legion of Honor, is bestowed on eligible United States veterans of WWII who contributed significantly to the liberation of France from 1944 to 1945. A German native, Kaskell immigrated to New York with his family as a child. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 when he was 19 and trained to become a combat engineer. However, when the Army learned he\u2019d been born in Germany, it reassigned him to train to interrogate German prisoners. He also became an \u201cexpert\u201d on the order of battle \u2014 defined as \u201cthe planned sequence in which military units arrive and are deployed on a battlefield.\u201d With that training, Kaskell became a technical sergeant and one of his responsibilities was to obtain information about the enemy, he told The Bulletin in 2017. Kaskell was sent to the front in Italy and his work obtaining and analyzing information from a German messenger as the Americans fought through a gap in the Germans\u2019 last line of defense before Rome earned him a Bronze Star. Kaskell was sent to southern France in August 1944 with a section of the U.S 6th Army Group, and as they made their way north, Allied troops were heading south. Kaskell\u2019s unit was involved in major fighting for nearly a year, until the Germans surrendered on May 8, 1945. A letter from Gen. Jacob L. Devers praised Kaskell\u2019s \u201cnatural ability\u201d in acquiring technical knowledge of the German Army \u201cto produce intelligence of superior quality.\u201d In \u201ccritical periods when information on the enemy was scarce,\u201d according to the letter, Kaskell \u201cworked with the utmost diligence and understanding of the importance of his task to produce valuable data required for the successful conduct of operations in the field.\u201d After the war, Kaskell returned to Columbia University, which he had left to enlist, and completed his law degree. He worked 27 years with the Olin Corporation in Stamford, 12 as vice president and general counsel, and moved to Wilton in 1970 where he and his wife Joan lived for 40 years before moving to Meadow Ridge in Redding. Kaskell left Olin in 1983 and co-founded the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, formerly known as the Center for Public Resources. Kendra Baker contributed to this story.