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D-Day hero in tribute to Paris dead

By Brian Hutton

Published 25/11/2015

Medal: Henry Place
Medal: Henry Place

A D-Day hero 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, was seriously injured and had his leg amputated after coming under enemy fire at Caen on August 14, 1944.

The 91-year-old Irishman was 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 said: "I offer my condolences to the people of France, especially those who lost relatives and friends, following the recent terror attacks in Paris."

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