Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Honored Allies Wednesday: Hugo Conrad Munthe-Kaas (Norway)

"For his efforts during Upsilon III, when a Sergeant, Munthe-Kaas was honored by the King in Council with the Norwegian War Cross with sword on 2 July 1943.  The citation mentioned in particular the efforts to rescue two French and two Norwegian soldiers during the operation with the French submarine Junon.  The diploma accompanying the War Cross was labeled "For particularly deserving effort in connection with secret military operations".  France honored him with the appointment of Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur and he was also awarded the Croix de guerre with bronze palm.  In 1943 he was awarded the British Distinguished Service Medal, an award that was presented by the First Sea Lord, John Cunningham.  This was the highest British award available at the time for non-commissioned military personnel.  For his service during the Second World War, Munthe-Kaas was also awarded the British War Medal, Defence Medal and the Atlantic Star, the Norwegian War Medal, the Defence Medal with rosette and Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal.  In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Normandy landings, he was also presented with the French Médaille de la Reconnaissance for 1939–1945."

Another honored ally,
Brian & Mel

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