Gérard Théodore (November 28, 1920 – June 10, 2012) was a French Compagnon de la Libération, having received the Ordre de la Libération for his role in the Liberation of France during World War II.
Théodore was born in Paris on November 28, 1920. He enlisted in the Free French Forces in London in July 1940 following the fall of France. Théodore was assigned to the artillery and sent to battles in Dakar, French West Africa (present-day Senegal), Eritrea and the French Mandate of Syria and the Lebanon.
Théodore was sent to Libya as part of 1st Free French Brigade under the command of General Marie-Pierre Kœnig. There, Théodore was severely wounded at the Battle of Bir Hakeim on June 8, 1942. He lost much of his left leg when he was hit by German shrapnel.
Gérard Théodore died on June 10, 2012, in Paris at the age of 91. His death left just twenty-six living Compagnon de la Libération left, out of the original 1,038 recipients. Théodore died just two days after the passing of another Compagnon, former government minister Robert Galley.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 "Décès de Gérard Théodore, compagnon de la Libération, artilleur à Bir Hakeim". Le Monde. 2012-06-10. http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2012/06/10/deces-de-gerard-theodore-compagnon-de-la-liberation-artilleur-a-bir-hakeim_1715860_3224.html. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- ↑ "Décès de Robert Galley, ancien ministre et figure du gaullisme". Le Monde. 2012-06-08. http://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2012/06/08/deces-de-robert-galley-ancien-ministre-et-figure-du-gaullisme_1715360_3382.html. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
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