Communicator Recognised by France

It is with great appreciation that the RNZN Communicators’ Association acknowledges that one of its Foundation and Life Members will be recognised by France with the presentation of the ‘Knight of the French Legion of Honor to WWII veterans’.  Chief Petty Officer Radio Supervisor is the recipient and will be presented with this medal.


On the occasion of his visit to New Zealand Jean-Marc Todeschini
French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance Attached to the Minister of Defence.

Requests the pleasure of the company of

Mr James Blackburn

To a wreath laying and the presentation of the Medal of
“Knight of the French Legion of Honor” to WWII Veterans and families
at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
– WWI Hall of Memories –
On Thursday 17 November 2016, at 1:45 pm
(the ceremony will start at 2pm)

Well done Jim.  Arise Sir Jim.

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5 Responses to Communicator Recognised by France

  1. Jim Dell says:

    Bravo Zulu Jim! However, we all knew what happened to French aristocrats – mon dieu!

  2. gunther says:

    most impressed jim… u need someone to come with u and help carry it.????

  3. Rod says:

    Congratulations Jim. An award well deserved and I am sure will be worn with pride

  4. John Bullock says:

    BZ James .. After Paris was liberated, were you the first on the scene to reopen the Moulin Rouge as their stand-in Barman? I only say that because observations at our RNZNCA reunions you were always seem to be in-charge of the Squirt issue!

  5. John..I was always “shanghaid” in to being Rum Bosun because they know that I hate the stuff,
    and am always glad when I have drunk my Tot, Even just the smell of the fumes makes me go all goose pimples, and drinking it makes the hairs on my neck bristle.. Shocking lovely stuff, but
    good for the Bowels.

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