France awards two WWII veterans of Manitoba with the legion of Honour [fr]
The two veterans received the Legion of Honour in a ceremony on March 13th, 2017 at Minnedosa (MB)
Fred Oberg and Alexander Abel were respectively 25 and 18 when they joined the army.
Fred Oberg enlisted in April 1942, trained in Canada until December 9, 1942, when he was sent to Britain. After continuous training and duties in various places there, he was sent into Normandy, June 9, 1944. He saw ac¬tion in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Alexander Abel joined the army January 16, 1942, trained in Canada and was sent overseas in September 1943. He took part in the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 on Juno Beach and saw action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Both veterans received the French Legion of Honour medals from Bruno Burnichon, Honourary Consul of France. Consul Burnichon thanked them for their bravery and said that the French people will never forget the act of bravery accomplished by the Can¬adian soldiers during the Normandy landings to help restore our freedom.
Photo: John DrinkWater