Hero dies.

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Greece’s last sur­vivor of the World War II Nor­mandy land­ing, Cap­tain Grig­oris Pavlakis, has died. He was 95. The Crete-born Hel­lenic Navy of­fi­cer took part in the big­gest al­lied push against Ger­many as chief of­fi­cer of the corvette Kriezis, one of six Greek ships based in Egypt that par­tic­i­pated in the cam­paign. Over the course of his ca­reer, Pavlakis re­ceived 15 medals and com­men­da­tions for brav­ery and out­stand­ing ser­vice, while in 2004 he was awarded France’s Le­gion of Honor by then pres­i­dent Jac­ques Chirac. His fu­neral will take place with full mil­i­tary hon­ors at 2 p.m. to­mor­row at Athens’s First Ceme­tery.

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