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Civic Recognition Award closest to 94-year-old soldier’s heart

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One of Prince Edward County’s most distinguished soldiers has been honoured at home, and abroad, but the Civic Recognition Award presented by council Tuesday night is close to his heart.

quaiff-and-wrightGeorge Wright, 94, was presented the award by Mayor Robert Quaiff, who thanked him for his years of service.

Wright was a member of the Devil’s Brigade, a legendary First Special Service Force composed of Canadian and American soldiers, in 1942. It was originally a parachute unit that would land behind enemy lines to sabotage installations.

The Second World War elite brigade was so revered, it served as a model for the United States Navy Seals and inspired the Devil’s Brigade movie of the 1960s.

“This is from the people, our council, the people I meet on the street, so this is much more personal and much closer to the heart. I thank you one and all,” said Wright.

Wright was among 14 remaining Canadian brigade members who received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, as a unit, in January. It is the highest civilian honour presented by the U.S. Congress.

In 2013 he was among 13 members of the Brigade honoured in a private ceremony in Ottawa. The men were presented with the commendation for The First Special Service Force and individually with the Minister of National Defence Award of Excellence.

In 1944, Wright won the American Silver Star after risking his life to allow a wounded comrade to reach safety.

Wright is well-known in the County as a retired detective sergeant of the now defunct Picton Police Department.

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  1. Marilyn Nasadyk says:

    Thanks Dad, you are an inspiration. Love you

  2. Smitty says:

    I have deep respect for this man. Thanks for fighting for us in World War 2.

  3. bill miramontes says:

    George, I’m proud to have known you in Kiwanis.Will see you soon along your walks.
    Congratulations.

  4. Ian Macpherson says:

    Thank you Mr. Wright.

  5. Susan says:

    Thank you Mr. Wright for your service that allows us to live in a free country! Appreciated!

  6. Marnie says:

    An outstanding soldier and a very fine man. His recognition is long overdue.

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