Lester Brown was thought to be the last surviving black Canadian veteran to have fought in the D-Day invasion.Rifleman Lester Brown had been drafted at 23 and later assigned to the Queen’s Own Rifles before being shipped to Europe in 1944.  

Brown and another soldier came under fire by a German ambush after hurrying towards an allied tanker on the roadside.  The other soldier was killed, Brown survived although he was shot in in his chin.

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