SOLDIERS OF THE Siege of Jadotville and the families of deceased members of the infantry were today presented with medals honouring their bravery and courage.
The siege of Jadotville was an event that occurred during Ireland’s peacekeeping mission in the Congo in September 1961.
A member of the defence forces holds the ‘An Bonn Jadotville’ medals. Source: PA Images
The 158 Irish soldiers found themselves fighting against 5,000 of Kantanganese troops to survive, as their supplies of ammunition, food and water dwindled over the course of 5 days.
Today, Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe presented An Bonn Jadotville to members of the ‘A Company’, who took part in the Siege of Jadotville in September 1961.
Speaking at the ceremony, the minister told the soldiers and family members who had gathered at the medal ceremony in Athlone, “the retelling of the events at Jadotville …