D-Day veteran honoured with Normandy Bar

Jo presented Thomas Ralph Brien from Bishopbriggs with the Normandy Bar to commemorate his role in the D-Day landings.

Jo Swinson presents the Normandy Bar to Mr Brien

Mr Brien was awarded the medal by the Normandy Council for his part in the invasion which paved the way for the Liberation of Europe.

Commenting, Jo :

“It was an honour to present Mr Brien with his medal, and to hear about his experiences. I am in awe of the tremendous courage and fortitude shown by all those who took part in the Normandy Landings. We must never forget the sacrifices made by Mr Brien, and others, who fought for our freedom on D-Day.”

Commenting, Thomas Ralph Brien said:

“I volunteered on 24 February 1943 and joined the crew of HMS Redpole in June, remaining in its service until it was paid off into Reserve at Harwich in 1946.

“In May 1944 HMS Redpole was stationed to patrol in the Channel and on the 5th & 6th June 1944 the ship took part in the D-Day landings by protecting Assault Convoy G5 onto the Gold beach head – the east side of the landing armada.

“I am very pleased to receive my medal and citation from Jo and would like to thank her for her efforts in organising this with the French D-Day association.”

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