André Le Roux was born on August 4, 1925, at Saint-Pol-de-Léon.
He was barely 16 when, on February 1, 1941, he volunteered to join the Resistance. He took part in the liberation of Quimper and the Crozon peninsula, and later on fought on the Lorient front within the Corps Franc of the 1 st Battalion of the 137 th R.I.. He distinguished himself as a brilliant serviceman, and was promoted to sergeant on November 1, 1944.
Re-enlisted as a volunteer on March 14, 1945 , he joined the 12 th Dragons Regiment in Germany . After being made warrant officer on April 1, 1953 , he went to the Far East where he served within the Colonial Armoured Regiment of the Far East (R.B.C.E.O). He moved to Morocco in August 1955 after becoming chief warrant officer on October 1, 1954, and obtaining a R.B.C.E.O. 1 st class of honour on February 1, 1955 (a rare distinction for a non-commissioned officer).
On November 11, 1957 , he was exceptionally appointed second lieutenant in the regular army. In April 1958, he served in Algeria , where he distinguished himself thanks to his daring nature and good sense of judgement. In June 1963, he returned to Metropolitan France to serve within the 8 th Hussars, followed by the 2 nd Hussars. He was promoted to colonel on October 1, 1989 and admitted as an honorary member of this rank on April 1, 1990.
Besides being a brilliant soldier, André Le Roux was an outstanding sportsman, winner of a Youth and Sports medal.
He passed away and was accompanied by his very numerous friends to his last resting place on June 27, 2005 , after a soul-stirring ceremony at the Quimper Cathedral.
ndré Le Roux, who was wounded three times (one of them seriously) and commended five times (one of them in the Order of the Army), obtained several decorations including: Officer of the Legion Honour, the military medal, Commander of the National Order of Merit, the Second World War Cross with silver star, the military value cross and the volunteer servicemen cross.