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Hero Franks gets his green beret.

A 94?YEAR?OLD | former Royal Marine who landed on Sword Beach during the D-Day landings has been re-presented with the famous green beret on Dartmoor.

Frank Cramp, who retired from service in 1952 at the rank of Corporal, was delighted to be reunited with the distinguished headgear below the Dewerstone beauty spot on Dartmoor, where current Royal Marines receive their first green beret on completion of training.

Travelling all the way from Edmonton, Canada, where he emigrated in 1957, the presentation marked the end of an emotional tour of the Normandy beaches where Mr Cramp went ashore in 1944 with 45 Commando.

Mr Cramp gave Royal Marines an insight into his war experiences as he recounted how he found himself alone on Sword Beach when the landing craft he had been on had to retreat after hitting an obstacle, taking everyone else with it.

Meeting up with a Navy officer on the beach he was sent on a one-man mission to silence a German machine gun position.

Surviving this, and the war, with barely a scratch Mr Cramp gave back all his kit when he retired including his green beret.

So when he came to England for a visit, the Royal Marines Association and his daughters arranged for him to meet 42 Commando at Bickleigh Barracks in Devon - where Mr Cramp used to be based as an instructor.

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Lt Col Rich-|ard Cantrill, 42 Commanding Officer, re-presenting Frank Henry Cramp with the famous green beret

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 11, 2014
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