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Jean Morel Legion d'Honneur

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    "On June 6, 1944, Jean Morel landed in Sword Beach, Normandy, in the French commando of Philippe Kieffer. The veteran, who lived in Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), died at the age of 97 years.
    He was one of the last three survivors of the Kieffer commando. Jean Morel, born in Paris in 1922 to Malouin parents, was 17 years old when the Second World War broke out. He is then at the Ecole des Mousses to prepare for his involvement in the French Navy.
    Having joined England, he joined the commando under the orders of Philippe Kieffer. 177 men who were the only French to land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
    The veteran was nicknamed P'tit Jean by his comrades. He had joined the commandos after crossing the road of Philippe Kieffer at Portsmouth.
    On July 18, 1944, Jean Morel was seriously wounded during fighting in Bavent (Calvados). Well cared for in England, his injuries are too serious for him to return to battle.
    After a long period of recovery, he is demobilized. He finds his favorite district of Rochebonne in Saint-Malo and practices several trades. Discreet about his military past, he will return to the scene of the D-Day only in 1983, accompanied by his wife."
    D-Day. Jean Morel, vétéran du commando Kieffer, s’est éteint à Saint-Malo


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    Jean Morel was one of the first to launch under German fire in Ouistreham (Calvados). He died in Saint-Malo where he lived, discreetly, in the district of Rochebonne, not far from the beach of Sillon.
     
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    ...was confused for a moment. Our heroes are dying and it is proper to honor each one, so thanks Gordon.

    The confusion was: [​IMG]
     
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    We used to see Lee Marvin in Darwin...he came a number of times for the fishing.
     
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    Monte Walsh is my favorite Lee Marvin movie, partly because of Jeanne Moreau (not Jean Morel).

    Lee Marvin was 4th Marine Division, and wounded twice on Saipan.

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