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 The Norwegian Society's (Det Norske Selskab) Memorial-Party (Frigjoringsdagen), 2007 in Oslo. From left: Inge Steensland

 

 The Norwegian Society's (Det Norske Selskab) Memorial-Party (Frigjoringsdagen), 2007 in Oslo. From left: Inge Steensland
(War Veteran), Ove Hoegh (Leif Hoegh's Stiftelse),
Abel Abrahamsen (War Veteran) and Gunnar Sondesby (Freedom Fighter). Photo courtesy of Abel Abrahamsen

 

Gunnar Sonsteby
"Kjakan" (The Chin) and No.24
Norway's Most Decorated Civilian
Gets Statue in His Honor
Oslo, Norway

 

Gunnar Sonsteby - Norway's most decorated civilian and probably the one with the most aliases was in focus when a statue in his honor was unveiled in Oslo, on Solli square by King Harald V.

"Actually I should have come here today on my bicycle, but unfortunately one of the tires was punctured," 89 year old Gunnar humored guests and spectators, during his short speech at the unveiling of Per Ung's characteristic statue of the Norwegian war hero. The statue pictures a young Gunnar, cloth cap on his head, one in his pocket and the other supporting his trusty diamond bicycle. Bicycles were the most practical form of transportation during the war times, the brave men could easily toss the bikes and run away from the Germans.

Sonsteby is the only Norwegian awarded the war Cross with Three Swords, the highest award given by Norway during the war. Sonsteby was also awarded a number of medals by other Allied nations. In 2001 he was also awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation' s prestigious culture award.

For more information about Gunnar Sonsteby please visit:
www.no24.no

 


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