Some 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.