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It’s the 1930s, a time of Fred Astair, Ginger Rogers, and a golden age of Hollywood. The glamor in many ways was focused on New York, which epitomized culture and more. Now imagine you are a young Frenchman, who has been sent by his father to learn more about the family business in New York. It would be a bit like heaven to such a young man, no?
For Bernard Dargols, it was. It was also a time when he had to get a physical and prepare to return home for his mandatory military service. Until WWII started that is. He swore he would fight, and began looking at how to do so. The path he took led him to the United States Army, and to selection for a very special unit that saw him hitting the beaches at Normandy in a jeep named “La Bastille” where he ranged behind enemy lines to gather intelligence.
Thanks to some friends I made this year in Normandy, I had the chance to meet him and get an interview following a talk he gave. His description of the reaction of the locals to having someone drive up in a strange-looking vehicle while speaking perfect French with a Parisian accent had all of us laughing. I hope you enjoy getting to meet Normandy veteran as much as I did.
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