Legion of Honor ceremony in Calgary
A ceremony wa held in Calgary on May, 23rd to bestow the Legion of Honor medal to veteran Harold D. Olson. Gérard Carlier, Honorary Consul Emeritus of France hosted the ceremony in the presence of Hon. Colonel Stan Schwartz, 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron and champion of the Calgary Stampeders and Madame Deb Carter, Royal Canadian Legion. More than 200 people attended the event. As for now, forty Canadian D-Day veterans living in Alberta have received this honorific French award.
Able Seaman Harold Olson joined the Royal Canadian Navy in December 1942 with training in Esquimalt then posted in Halifax where he completed a Torpedo course. He joined the crew of HMCS Mulgrave part of the famous Maple Leaf Flotilla assigned to clear the English Channel of enemy mines, in front of Omaha Beach on D-Day. Later in October 1944 his ship was severely damaged by a mine and he was selected to stay on board with a crew of 6. His knowledge of handling dangerous weapons and explosives was crucial for preventing further explosions and saving lives as the ship was sinking fast.