262016Jul

A proud Veteran called Frank

Michelle Donelan meeting with WW2 Veteran Frank DiffellSome time ago I met with a brave WW2 veteran named Frank Diffell. He was involved in transporting the first wave of soldiers onto Omaha beach during the D-Day landings. Surviving D-Day veterans were promised by France’s President that they may be able to receive the Legion d’Honneur. I wrote to the Ministry of Defence (HERE) to try and help Frank to receive this medal that he so richly deserved. I received a reply (HERE) which explained why there had been delays in awarding these decorations, though I continued to highlight Frank’s issue, even speaking on BBC Radio Wiltshire about the matter and highlighting the matter in local newspapers.

I was delighted to learn that Frank recently received his medal in a chateau near to Omaha beach. Frank also met with a US veteran who was on the HMS Empire Anvil on D-Day, from which Frank’s landing craft transported troops. We must never forget the great sacrifices and hardships that the armed forces past and present have undertaken in service of our nation.

Frank Diffell