France awards Legion of Honour to Irish Veteran

On June 6, 1944, Pat was among the first soldiers to land on Sword Beach. The world’s biggest military operation had just started.

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Mr Patrick Gillen, born in Galway and now living in Cork was yesterday awarded the French Legion of Honour by Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault for his bravery in France during World War II. At 89 years old, Mr Gillen is one of the last Irish veterans who took part in the liberation of France during World War II.

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Interviewed by the media, Mr Gillen dedicated the award to his fellow countrymen saying “In accepting this award, other brave Irish men, thousands of young men, who lost their lives in pursuit of peace remain in my memory. This award is as much theirs as mine.”

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To learn more about Pat Gillen, see the media coverage below:

- RTE, Irish D-Day veteran receives highest honour

- Irish Times, Irish second world war veteran given France’s highest honour

- The Journal.ie, Irish D-Day veteran awarded France’s highest military honour

Published on 15/12/2014

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