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Canale, Joseph

Date of birth:
January 10th, 1921 (Marseille, France)
Date of death:
June 16th, 1982 (Strasbourg, France)
French (1870-present, Republic)


29.06.1940: joined the Free French Forces and was assigned to the 1st Artillery Regiment of the 1st Free French Division
1941 : participated in the operations in Libya as a driver, then as a radio operator
1942: took part in many reconnaissance carried out on the German rear in the months preceding the siege of Bir-Hakeim and showed during the three months of patrols carried out in the region of Méchili, a professional conscience and a perfect composure.
21.04.1942: during Bir-Hakeim's battle, he distinguished himself again by his courage 08.06.1942: seriously wounded in action, his left arm carried off by a shell and his left thigh, remained an example of courage and lucidity.

03.1946: demobilized as Staff Sergeant
After recovery, he resumed his position as civilian radio operator for the Ministry of War in the 6th Military Region and served successively as a radio station in Pondicherry, Calcutta and Indochina.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
l' Ordre de la Libération
Second World War (1939-1945)
2 citations:
1 palm
1 star
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Second World War (1939-1945)
1 red star
Médaille des blessés de guerre
Second World War (1939-1945)
with clasp "Bir Hakeim"
Médaille Coloniale