A West Limerick man who survived the Siege of Jadotville has called for more recognition for each individual soldier involved, and in particular for the Kerry-born commandant who led the company.
In September 1961, the A Company of the 35th Battalion, which was on a UN mission to keep the peace in the newly independent Congo, found itself surrounded and under attack by rebels.
The 157 strong Irish company was forced to give up its arms after a six-day siege.
A film’s been made of their story and earlier this month, the Department of Defence marked the 55th anniversary at a ceremony at Custume Barracks, Athlone where a Presidential Unit Citation was presented.
However, Tadhg Quinn from Purt, Abbeyfeale, who was a corporal in Jadotville, believes the men should be recognised individually and not just as a unit, especially Commandant Pat Quinlan.