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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (). A HEROIC D-Day veteran who received a standing ovation from Donald Trump and the Queen at a moving commemorative event this summer has died at the age of 100.  John Jenkins MBE died last night, just a month after celebrating his 100th birthday.  The war hero was one of the last surviving Normandy landing veterans.  Eric Eisner, founder and chief executive, of Double E Pictures, tweeted that the beloved veteran was a “true legend”.  He said: “We should all be lucky to have accomplished and lived as much as John did.”  Mr Jenkins passed away at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth following a short illness.  He was deployed on Gold Beach in France and was tasked with moving ammunition forward from the beaches to the front line.  US President Donald Trump, former Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince Charles and the Queen were part of a crowd that gave Mr Jenkins a standing ovation at a special commemorative event on June 5.  The war veteran recalled landing in Normandy on June 8, 1944 at the 75th anniversary celebration in his hometown, Portsmouth.  In his speech, Mr Jenkins said: “I was terrified – I think everyone was. You don’t show it, but it’s there.  “I was a small part in a very big machine. You never forget your comrades because we were all in it together.  “It’s right that the courage and sacrifice of so many is being honoured 75 years later.  “We must never forget.”  After the Normandy landing he pushed on through France and Germany and then helped to liberate the Fallingbostel concentration camp in Germany.  He was made an MBE for his role as a company sergeant major in the Territorial Army after the war.  Mr Jenkins also carried the Olympic flame from the club’s Fratton Park ground during the preparations for 2012’s summer games in London.  He worked as a boardroom steward at his beloved football club, Portsmouth FC, rubbing shoulders with former chairman Milan Mandaric and the business tycoon’s close friend, footballing legend George Best.  We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.

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