Ted Diamond is a Westport jewel.
Today, the longtime resident celebrates his 102nd birthday. And what a 10-plus-decade life it’s been.
Diamond served as an Army Air Corps combat navigator with the 15th Air Force. He flew 50 missions over highly secured military installations throughout Europe, often leading a group of 28 B-17s.
Four years ago — on his 98th birthday — he received France’s highest medal: the insignia of Chevalier (knight) of the Legion of Honor.
The award — established by Napoleon in 1802 — acknowledged Diamond’s enduring contribution to the success of Operation Dragoon, a military campaign to free the nation from Nazi domination.
He has spent the last 64 years in Westport. In addition to 3 terms as 2nd selectman, he was an RTM member, and volunteered on numerous town committees, commissions and boards.
In 2007, he served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade.
Happy birthday, Ted Diamond. Have a sparkling day!