RIES, Norman Charles

Known as: 
45RM Commando
'45 Commando RM'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ries RM
Lieutenant Colonel Norman Charles Ries was the first Commanding Officer of 45 RM Commando on its formation in August 1943 [1] and remained as such until June 1944 when wounded by enemy gunfire in Normandy. Post war he returned to command the restructured unit from December 1948 until August 1950 [2].
  • 1941 (Captain) (Royal Marines HMS Terror) received a Mention in Despatches for courage, skill and devotion to duty in operations off the Libyan Coast [3].
  • 31 December 1960 (Colonel) (OBE) (Retired) appointed C.B.E. [4].
[1] Navy Lists August 1943 - see linked content below.
[2] The Story of 45 Commando RM 1943 -1971, author David Young.
[3] London Gazette 35248, page 4782.
[4] London Gazette 42231, page 8893.

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