Thor Hernes

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Thor Hernes (15 August 1926 – 18 April 2009) was a Norwegian footballer, manager and sports official.

During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany he participated in the resistance Operation Durham. He was decorated with the Defence Medal 1940–1945. After the war he pursued a military career, serving in the Independent Norwegian Brigade Group in Germany, and later stationed at home. [1]

Defence Medal 1940–1945

The Defence Medal 1940–1945 is the award rewarded to those military and civilian personnel who participated in the fight against the German invasion and occupation of Norway between 1940 and 1945.

The Independent Norwegian Brigade Group in Germany was a Norwegian expeditionary force stationed in the British Zone of Occupation in Germany, from 1946 to 1953. At first it was set in the Hanover area and from 1948 to 1953 in the Schleswig Holstein area of Germany as part of the British occupying force after World War II.

In 1949, upon returning from Germany, Hernes joined the football team of SFK Lyn. He became a first-team stalwart and eventually captain. He was capped 27 times for Norway, and later served in the Football Association of Norway Technical Committee. In the mid-1960s he coached SFK Lyn. [2]

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Hernes was hired as organizational manager in the Norwegian Confederation of Sports in 1966, and from 1968 to 1986 he was the secretary-general. During this time, from 1972 to 1975, he also chaired the Council of Europe Sports Committee. Among his laurels was an honorary membership in the Norwegian Confederation of Sports. [3]

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He resided at Høvik. [1] He died in April 2009. [4]

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  1. 1 2 "80 år 15. august: Pensj. gen.sekr. NIF Thor Hernes" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 28 July 2006.
  2. Gjermshus, Per (13 May 2009). "Thor Kristian Hernes". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
  3. Andersen, Inge (4 May 2009). "Thor Kristian Hernes". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
  4. Death announcement, Budstikka 22 April 2009 p. 12