Gull Lake WWII vet receives Knighthood for war-time service from French government

The Advance
Last Tuesday Gull Lake Legion president Bruce Freestone announced a profound honour for one of Gull Lake’s last surviving Second World War vets. Freestone read out a letter by French Ambassador to Canada Philippe Zeller at the monthly Legion meeting which awarded Al Countryman a Knighthood in the French National Order of the Legion of Honour for his year of dangerous service in Normandy and France in 1944-45. The letter, in part, states:

“This distinction illustrates the profound gratitude that France would like to express to you. It is awarded in recognition of your professional involvement in the liberation of our country. Through you, France remembers the sacrifice of all your compatriots who came to liberate French soil, often losing their lives in the process.”

Al operated as a transport driver with the Canadian Service Corps hauling munitions, prisoners of war and other supplies while under fire and at extreme risk of being bombed by German forces.

We will have more on this honour and Al Countryman when our Remembrance Day special edition comes out on Tuesday, November 11.

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