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Hero Who Stood Up To The Nazis Dead At 101

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( – World War II ended almost 80 years ago, but some of the soldiers who fought in it are still alive today. Of course, they’re well on in their years, and not many are left. For one country, their last hero to have survived the bloodiest war known to man has passed away at the age of 101. 

Hubert Germain was the last member of the Order of Liberation before he died on Tuesday, October 12. The war hero made his last appearance in June, when he sat in a wheelchair beside Emmanuel Macron, the French President. 

While there are still members of the French Resistance, their numbers are declining as time moves on. In the days between May 26 and June 11, 1942, Germain led an anti-tank section against a larger German force, creating a delay that caused the cancellation of the Axis invasion of Malta. After Germain’s demobilization, between 1950 and 1952, he worked as an executive for Cinzano, a chemical company. The hero moved into politics not long after, serving as the Saint-Cheron Gaullist mayor between 1953 and 1965. 

Post-war life saw Germain attending commemorative ceremonies until the age of 99. The 6-foot-3 soldier stood tall, with his uniform and plenty of medals to decorate it. There is no indication that the war hero ever got married or had children. According to the French President, Germain’s memorial service will occur at the Invalides monument. 

On November 11, America’s Veterans Day and France’s Armistice Day, officials will bury Germain alongside other members of the Order of Liberation at a memorial site west of Paris, France, known as Mont-Valerien. 

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