Kamloops World War II veteran passes away

By Bill O'Donovan
July 24, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: July 25, 2017 - 12:26pm

Kamloops World War II veteran Ernie Smith has died.

Smith passed away yesterday, July 23rd 2017.

We first introduced you to Ernie in June, 2014 - marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.

Ernie was a captain in the Canadian Navy, assigned to HMCS Prince Henry and on June 6th, 1944 operated a landing craft that brought Canadian troops ashore at Juno Beach in Normandy.

It was the largest seaborne invasion, an event that led to the end of the war in Europe in May, 1945.

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion the French Government honoured Canadian veterans who were part of that assault.

Ernie was knighted by the Government of France in recognition of his service in the eventual liberation of France.

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