He was born on October 26, 1927, in Paris, as a child in care.
He actively participated in the Second World War battles, first as a very young Resistance soldier, then as a combatant of the Internal French Forces (FFI) within the Pommiès Corps Franc. He equally fought in Alsace and Germany within the 1st Army.
" Best soldier of Indochina "
He subsequently fought in Indochina, as commander of Commando 24, '' The Black Tigers'' , where he was caught up in the heart of the most deadly confrontations, particularly in North-Vietnam.
Knight of the Legion of Honor
Holder of the Military Medal
Holder of the Second World War Cross
Holder of the TOE War Cross
Roger Vandenberghe has received 15 war commendations, including 6 bars, and was wounded 9 times. General de Lattre described him as '' the best soldier of Indochina''.
General de Lattre de Tassigny , in front of Warrant Officer Vandenberghe,
commander of "The Black Tigers" Commando - Source ECPAD