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Mooloolaba’s Bob Smith has been awarded the Legion of Honour by the French Government for his services during WW II. He is congratulated by his wife Alama, the couple are also celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren LynamMr Smith was one of 18 Second World War veterans honoured with the equivalent of Australia Victoria Cross each of them personally chosen by French President Francois Hollande.
A navigator on a Lancaster Bomber, he was honoured for his involvement in D Day and the subsequent Battle of Normandy which helped liberate France from German occupation.
The 18 recipients gathered in Brisbane for the presentation by French ambassador Christophe Lecourtier, who said the medals were a way of expressing France
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"This medal is the most solemn and perhaps most moving manner for France to pay tribute to remarkable men or women," he said.
"You are the memory of our liberation. We have not forgotten."
Mr Smith said that message made him
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"I didn realise how much
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"I didn know what to say but
Despite the bomber command being one of the most perilous divisions
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"It just what you did, with Japan and Korea coming into the war, the alternative was unthinkable," he said.
"You couldn avoid losing your mates.
"Every three out of 10 got through their tour in the bomber command."
His other remarkable war time feat was his marriage to Alma.
The pair met during
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They stayed in touch and courted by letter after Mr Smith returned to Australia.
He eventually proposed and sent the engagement ring in the mail before bringing his fiance to Australia, where they married in 1948.Articles Connexes：