Irish D-Day hero pays tribute to Paris terror victims

A D-Day hero has paid tribute to the Paris terror victims as he was awarded France’s highest honour for helping liberate the country during the Second World War. Henry John Alfred Place, from Limerick in Ireland, was seriously injured and had his leg amputated after coming under enemy fire at Caen on August 14, 1944. His troop commander Lieutenant Edwin Crewe was killed in the attack.
Seventy years on, the 91-year-old veteran has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s top military medal, for his part in the action.
At a ceremony in the residence of the French Ambassador to Dublin Jean-Pierre Thebault, Mr Place used the occasion to pay an emotional homage to his former commander and the victims of the recent Paris atrocity.

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