Tribute to Sgt Minnick USAAF. A moving commemoration
Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:52 AM
It shows that even after all those years , people still care.
Special thanks to the Forced-Landing Association for masterminding this moving project, they are doing a tremendous job. also thanks to my friend Christian for his excellent artwork
stele with U.S. flag and propeller blade
US and French national anthems
speech by the Mayor
the plaque with the crew
A relative received a framed painting of her father's B-17.
(note that the author who is a good friend also drew Alex's Campbell's signature drawing on this forum and "my" P-47 signature. )
pictures taken at the following sources: (many more to be seen
Site officiel de la Communauté de Communes du Val de l'Eure
www.lechorepublicain.fr - A la Une - AMILLY (28300) - Le sergent Minnick, tué en 44 dans le crash de son avion à Amilly, n
La mission du 1er Aot 1944
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:04 AM
"Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, you are so kind.
I'm sorry I don't speak French.
My nephew RJ will be speaking for me.
On behalf of my father, Thomas Joseph Minnick III, the bombardier, my mother Judy, my twin brother Tom, and all my family and father's family, the families of Thomas Scheurell, the navigator, and Eldred Baskin, a gunner, and the rest of the crew who we have not yet been able to contact.
We thank the mayor, all the dignitaries, the French veterans, and the Association Forced Landing, and especially the French people.
I know our countries have a long history of friendship. One of the greatest symbol of liberty in the Unites States and the world, the Statue of Liberty is a gift from the French people to the American people.
We have been Allies for centuries.
During World War II, many brave people, including the military, the Free French, the Resistance, families and civilians made many courageous sacrifices in the fight for freedom. What moves me beyond what words can express is the friendship and concern shown by the French for my father's and others' sacrifice.
It means so much to me that almost 68 years after the crash of this B17, their efforts are not forgotten. A part of me always rests with you in a field in Amilly and in the Normandy American Cemetery
Vive la France, vive the United States"
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:10 AM
And thank you, Skipper, for posting Mrs. Minnick's speech in English for the mono-lingual folks like me.
Freedom is precious and many gave their lives for it. It is the duty of the future generation
to remember that sacrifice, and offer some sacrifice for themselves if Freedom is threatened.
Cecil Earl Workman, WWII Veteran, "L" Co., 129th Inf. Regt., 37th Inf. Div.
PFC Glenn W. Halvorson
PFC Norman L. Halvorson
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 03:11 PM
My mother, Dorothy Jarvis, is Eldred Baskin's widow. I would love to get a close-up photo of the monument. I know Eldred has at least one sibling living in the Carrollton, GA area.
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