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July 2002

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Dominique Moro · July 3, 2002 - 06:26 EST #1
Nous n'oublierons jamais le sacrifice de ces jeunes gens pour notre libération.
William Joseph Mode · March 12, 2003 - 11:33 EST #2
All of the graves of our American heroes should be removed from the disgusting soil of France and reentered here, in the United States, where they have not been forgotten and are still appreciated.

The blood of patriots and tyrants must flow freely occasionally, for it is a natural manure for the tree of Liberty. Free the people of Iraq from tyrants just as France was freed during WWII. How can anyone deny them this right?
William C. Blanchetti · March 17, 2003 - 14:52 EST #3
In light of France's typical spineless behavior when it comes to backing up America, I feel that these real American heroes should be returned to a place of honor; Arlington National Cemetery.

What a tragedy to have their final resting place located on the soil of the nation of cowards they gave their lives defending. The stench of French cowardice is even more disgusting than the odor of an Iraqi dictator.

God bless the 9,300+ "real men" resting quietly overlooking the free coast of Normandy, France.
Lorenzo Domingo Montoya · July 2, 2003 - 12:42 EST #4
My grandfather, Domingo Montoya, was killed and buried in Normandy. All I know is that he was a Sergeant in the Army and that is about it. I am his namesake and have always wanted to know more about him. If anyone reading this knows of any web site or agency that could help me in finding out more about my grandfather, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all the men and women who died for their country. God bless all who survived and God bless America.
James · August 25, 2003 - 01:42 EST #5
I know at Arlington there are information booths where you can look up and find a little information on everyone there. Basically, their name, what branch they served, when, etc. Try asking relatives (if you haven't already). Try writing letters to some far-off relatives. That might help. Good luck finding information on your grandfather. I'm trying to do the same with mine.

God bless America, and God bless the confused and backwards people who populate so much of France these days.
Colin · February 9, 2004 - 22:07 EST #6
To both Williams - your great country of America was helped by those spineless French to get your independence and it wasn't just the Americans who died. The British, Australians, Greek, French, and most of the world's soldiers died in the first and second World War.

Great photos, by the way. I've not really seen a bad one yet.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · February 9, 2004 - 23:53 EST #7
Colin - silly guy. Yes, your sentiment is correct, but the people who died in WWI and WWII had nothing to do with our independence!
Colin · February 10, 2004 - 11:25 EST #8
I know, but still the French helped you gain independence. That's what I was saying. The Williams made it sound like only Americans died in the WWs.
deloy · March 18, 2004 - 22:49 EST #9
Many soldiers and civilians died during WWII...the allied soldiers in the name of freedom...if you have freedom you do not want to give it up at any cost...I for one feel these brave american souls are turning over in their graves to see how the french are repaying us. Bring these boys home!!! It seems as if the younger french population doesn't want any americans there anyway.
william c. blanchetti · May 27, 2004 - 15:02 EST #10
You are correct, the French helped America gain her independence over 225 years ago. Let's scroll forward from there, how has France helped the U.S. since then? Who provided the guts, manpower and material to turn the tides in W.W.I, W.W.II, and allowed the French to slink out of Vietnam? Quid pro Quo, America is still in the +2 column to France.

I never stated that only Americans died in W.W.II, for obvious reasons it was called a World War. If the French don't want Americans buried on their soil,bring them home to rest in honor. Don't call us, we'll call you!
Inspector Sands · June 5, 2004 - 19:30 EST #11
William C. Blanchetti - grow up. You are not worthy of those who died for your freedom.
Scot Goller · June 6, 2004 - 12:48 EST #12
Whithout Lafeyete and the assistance of the French monarchy there would be no United States.
It's been a difficult marriage but we will always honor the sacrifices of each other and always bicker about each other.
Let us be quarelsome and different. 9,400 American troops died so that we can argue now.
God bless all of the fallen and please don't forget the Russian boys of the eastern front.
My German grandfather told me once that "they were all good boys that thouht they were doing the right thing for old fools."
Amen to that.
May all the heroes rest in peace and constantly remind us with their untold stories and sacrifices not to become old fools.
Lewis Burruss · October 28, 2004 - 20:34 EST #13
The primary thing I want is for people to look at the shape of these headstones, and reflect upon that fact.
The second is to remind them that the best of the French who led the forces that assisted America in the revolution were beheaded - men such as the Duc du Lauzun, and that any debt America may have incurred was repaid manifold times in both (previous) World Wars.
William C. Blanchetti · June 14, 2005 - 16:04 EST #14
Inspector Sands, why am I not worthy? Maybe
because I stand up for my country and look at America's veterans with pride. Speaking of not worthy, at least I have the stones to print my full name here. Have a nice day Inspector Cleseau.(sp)
Robbie Helms · May 15, 2007 - 16:15 EST #15
My grandfather died on the beach head and i proud of him
suprato · June 6, 2007 - 21:20 EST #16
All judgement of their final resting place aside; may they rest in inviolable and hallowed peace for that they have given.
Mick Stratman · May 15, 2008 - 09:38 EST #17
Some of you guys are really history deficient. First of, while we were involved in WW1, it certainly wasn't our "arrival" that made the Germans quit. By that time, both the French and the Germans had lost a million men. Each. Any of you guys claiming French cowardice would be in a fetal position if faced by one of those "poilu". Don't even kid yourself. In WW2, at D-day, there were more non-Americans than American that hit the beach. 'nother fact. Stalingrad was the turning point of WW2. We didn't go in ealier because we would have been soundly defeated. (look up Operation Sledgehammer). We were very fortunate that the Germans we took on on the beach were not elite troops. These Germans were on R and R or too weak to fight on the Russian front. Even without D-day, the Germans were already toast as the Russians were rushing to Berlin. The bottom line is that we didn't "save" the French. Not by any means. We helped, that's for sure, but we certainly didn't do it alone.

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