Oct 3, 2014 5:11 PM
CONCORD - A man from Berlin was honored today for his efforts while serving overseas in world war two. Emile Trembly received the French Legion of Honor in Concord.
Back in 1944, Trembly was a young soldier who served in North Africa, Italy and France. The ninety-three year old now said he often thinks of all the men who weren't able to come home and accepted the honor on their behalf.
Amy Hollingworth, Trembly's granddaughter, says her grandfather has always been very humble about his time overseas and was almost reluctant to attend his own award ceremony.
"Never boasted about it, never asked for a thanks, never asked for pat on the back. Didn't even want to be recognized so openly today. An amazing role model I think," said Hollingworth.
In 2012, Trembly and his family returned to Europe. He visited the places he had fought nearly seventy years ago. A trip to Epinal American Cemetery was an emotional journey as it brought back memories for Trembly. It's the site where so many of his countrymen are buried.
"Père had told stories along the way of the incredible amount of fighting they had done and the incredible amount of people they had lost. They would go up one hill for day on end with about eighty guys and come down with about twenty," said Hollingworth.
The award Trembly received is reserved for people the country of France recognizes for exceptional merit.
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