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|Gabriel Brunet de Sairigné|
|Born|| 9 February 1913|
|Died|| 1 March 1948|
Lagnia Bien Hoa, Vietnam
|Years of service||1933 – † 1948|
|Commands held||13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade|
|Battles/wars|| World War II |
First Indochina War
|Awards|| Commander of the Legion of Honor |
Compagnon de la Libération
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