Friends and fans turned out Monday, Jan. 3 to celebrate Wilton resident Trygve Hansen on his 100th birthday.
Stay at Home in Wilton sent GMW some information on just how special Hansen is:
“Trygve Hansen is Wilton’s oldest living veteran. For more than 70 years after his service, Trig has been honored around the world for his bravery in World War ll. He served in the Royal Norwegian Navy on the HNOMS Stord during the Battle of the North Cape. The event remains one of the most famous victories of World War II. His ship covered the English infantry landing at Sword Beach during the Invasion of Normandy. “The weather was unbelievable, and the fighting was fiercer than I had seen before,” Trig remembered. In an interview on the Evening News less than a year after the battle, the commanding officer of HMS Duke of York, Captain Guy Russell, said, “The Norwegian destroyer Stord carried out the most daring attack of the whole action.” Trig has been awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal, the government’s highest distinction for his military service and he has been honored in Normandy, most recently on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. “It’s very touching to receive these awards,” says Trig. We celebrate Trig for his service and on his special 100th birthday!”