World War II veteran Bernard Jordan was told he could not leave his nursing home to attend D-Day remembrances in France — so the 89-year-old went AWOL.
Mr. Jordan of Hove, England, gathered up his medals, pinned them on, hid them under a raincoat and took off for France. He arrived twelve hours later, the Telegraph reported Friday.
Police searching for the man on Thursday didn’t learn of his whereabouts until another veteran called and said Mr. Jordan joined a coach party on its way to the events.
“We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish,” a police spokesman said, according to the Telegraph.