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Brasseur-Kermadec, Jean

Date of birth:
September 9th, 1914 (Verviers, Belgique)
Date of death:
May 21st, 1992 (Paris, France)
French (1870-present, Republic)


Admiral Jean Brasseur-Kermadec was Belgian by birth, rallied to Free France and has since become an officer of the French navy, former maritime prefect of Toulon and commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean.
Having done all his studies at the Royal Athenaeum, then at the Antwerp navigation school, graduated from the center for higher studies of Muslim administration, Jean Brasseur will be authorized , by decree of General de Gaulle dated May 8, 1961, to bear the surname of Brasseur-Kermadec.

In July 1940, Jean Brasseur joined the Free French Forces in London, where he embarked, between 1941 and 1943, aboard the destroyer "Leopard", then the Aviso "Dominé", before participating in the 1st Régiment de Fusilliers-Marins, in the battles of Tripolitania, Tunisia and Italy, then to land in Provence and to fight with the French army in the Vosges and Alsace. He will be made a "Compagnon" of the Liberation order on January 20, 1946 as lieutenant (captain) of the 1er Régiment de Fusilliers-Marins (this unit _ which became the school of marines of Lorient _ having also been made a companion of the Liberation).

In 1945, he commanded the escorter "Cimeterre", then second, in 1947-1948, the cruiser-school "Jeanne-d'Arc". He served in Indonesia (as a UN officer), with the naval command in Tunisia and, with the rank of frigate captain, he was naval attaché in Bonn from 1955 to 1958. Afterwards having commended the aviso "Francis-Garnier", he joined the private staff of General de Gaulle at the Elysée in 1960 with the rank of captain of the navy. Defense attaché at the French Embassy in Madrid in 1961, he then commanded the cruiser "Colbert", then the navy office in Marseille with the rank of rear admiral. In 1967, he became Defense Attaché at the French Embassy in London.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 20th, 1946
l' Ordre de la Libération
Second World War (1939-1945)
with 6 citations
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Second World War (1939-1945)
with rosette
Médaille de la Résistance Française