Groot, de, Jozef Geurt

Date of birth:
September 13th, 1916 (Heerlen, the Netherlands)
Date of death:
October 30th, 1979
Service number:
160913006
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1951
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1945
Action:
Staff Independent Coys. Responsible for work or raising, guiding and administrating 12 of the Independent Coys that worked under the 21 Army Group for nine months.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 5th, 1952
Action:
Recommendation:
He has distinguished himself in combat against the enemy with extraordinary courageous and tactful actions as leader of the KP (Underground Figthers) Noord-Brabant in 1944 after having participated in various ways and at great risk in the underground resistance from 1941 onwards. The large-scale sabotage of the railway system, requested by Allied Headquarters on September 1, 1944, in the occupied areas south of the large rivers, was his responsibility for the most part and became a success. When the airborne operation was carried out on September 17, he stood ready with 2 companies of warriors, assembled and trained in the use of weapons by him, ready to support the Allies in terrain unbeknownst to them. Being at the right spot at the right time, he was able to make contact immediately and offer his services which were gratefully accepted as was proved by him being awarded the American Bronze Medal in 1951. In the weeks and months following the landings he and his troops continued to play an active role in the fighting, occupying large parts of the front line on the large rivers. He proved himself an undaunted and tactful leader.
Details:
Royal Decree number 17
Bronzen Leeuw (BL)

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