Hubert Germain, was one of the last living resistance fighters of France, who died at the age of 101. He helped liberate France from Nazi control during World War II.
Germain was born Aug. 6,1920. Germain fled to London in 1940 to join the resistance. He was wounded in Italy during the war and also fought in Egypt, Libya and what is now Syria he took part in the “Southern D-Day” Allied landing on the shores of Provence in 1944.
He was decorated by Charles de Gaulle with the esteemed Order of the Liberation. It was an honor given to 1,038 people celebrated as “Companions of the Liberation.” Germain was known as the last surviving member of the group, according to the Museum of the Order of the Liberation.
Surviving members of the French resistance are scattered throughout the world, but they are diminishing quickly.
After World War II ended, Germain served as mayor, legislator, and government minister of France, and took part in war commemorations until he reached the age of 99, his uniform was weighed down with an array of medals.
His memorial will be held at the Invalides monument in the coming days, according to Emmanuel Macron’s office. Germain will be buried at the Mont-Valerian memorial site west of Paris on Nov. 11, when France celebrates Armistice day.