Piet de Jong, Dutch politician and naval officer, Died at 101

Petrus Jozef Sietse “Piet” de Jong was born on April 3, 1915, and died on July 27, 2016.

He was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People’s Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

Piet de Jong served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 5 April 1967 until 6 July 1971.

He was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1967 to 1971.

Prior to that, he worked as both State Secretary and Minister of Defense, following a career in the Dutch navy.

Piet de Jong received various awards both for his military and political work, including being made a Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nasssau, and receiving a medal for Order and Peace with a Bronze Cross.

Reportedly, in 2005, a television program Network named him “possibly the best post-war prime Minister of the Netherlands”.

He died of natural causes.

He had survived his wife by six years.

He was survived by his three children, eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

At the time of his death, Piet was the oldest living state leader.

Piet de Jong passed away at 101 years old.