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Chinese mainland's last D-Day veteran dies at 91

2009-11-18 17:34 BJT

HANGZHOU, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Huang Tingxin, the Chinese mainland's last veteran of the D-Day campaign to end the Nazi domination of Europe in 1944 has died. He was 91.

Huang, who died on Nov. 11, was made a Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France's highest recognition of merit in 2006.

Upon receiving the medal, Huang said, "The honor goes to all the Chinese soldiers who fought there."

Huang Tingxin, the Chinese mainland's last veteran of the D-Day campaign to end the Nazi domination of Europe in 1944 has died. He was 91. 
Huang Tingxin, the Chinese mainland's last veteran of the D-Day 
campaign to end the Nazi domination of Europe in 1944 has died. 
He was 91.

Huang's body was cremated and buried in a local cemetery on Nov. 15.

A graduate of the Qingdao Naval Academy, in east China's Shandong Province, in 1942 at the age of 24, Huang and 23 other young naval officers went on to study and fight in Britain.

After training at Royal Naval College, in Greenwich, London, Huang was deployed as deputy watch officer on a U.S.-manufactured 10,000-tonne escort carrier HMS Searcher, which carried up to 25 fighter aircraft, in March 1944. His duty was to make sure the ship maintained course and remained in formation.

Huang Tingxin, the Chinese mainland's last veteran of the D-Day campaign to end the Nazi domination of Europe in 1944 has died. He was 91.
Huang Tingxin, the Chinese mainland's last veteran of the D-Day campaign to end 
the Nazi domination of Europe in 1944 has died. He was 91.