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Sergeant Willard Parker Minard

6th Airborne Division - 3rd Parachute Brigade - 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion - C Coy

Sword Beach

 

On 6th June 1944 in the attack on Varaville this NCO's platoon commander was killed. Sergeant Minard assumed command and so ably led the platoon that it was largely responsible for the eventual surrender of the garrison. Later he showed great courage and was a steadying influence on his platoon during the relief by his company of part of the Black Watch who were being strongly attacked at the Chateau south of Breville on 13th June 1944. He showed utter unconcern for enemy tanks and mortar fire. This NCO has shown inspiring leadership and devotion to duty throughout and has maintained the fighting morale of his platoon.

(Source: Military Medal)