Legion d’honneur presentations, 6 January 2016

Legion d’honneur presentations, 6 January 2016

In a ceremony on Wednesday 6 January at the D-Day Museum, three Normandy veterans were presented with the Legion d'honneur by the French Honorary Consul, Captain Francois Jean, infront of an audience of friends and family. The Legion d'Honneur is France's highest decoration, and last year the French government announced that it would award the medal to any Second World War veterans who took part in the Liberation of France in 1944 who wished to apply for it.

The photographs show the three veterans (left to right): Eddie Wallace, who served with the Honourable Artillery Company and landed on Juno Beach on D-Day; Harry Marrington, a gunner on board the Royal Naval Patrol Service ship HMS Olvina which escorted US troops to Omaha Beach on D-Day; Fred Bailey, who served with Special Operations Executive and landed behind enemy lines in the south of France as part of the Jedburghs, who worked with the French Resistance. The photograph below also shows Captain Jean (standing).

The D-Day Museum was happy to be able to provide the venue for this ceremony to take place.

By : Museum Editor /08, Jan 2016