Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

Tribute to Sgt Minnick USAAF. A moving commemoration


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:52 AM

Last Sunday a monument was inaugurated at Amilly, Near Chartres France, to pay a tribute to a B-17 crew and especially to Sgt Minnick whose relatives attended the ceremony.

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 :poppy:


Posted Image
stele with U.S. flag and propeller blade


Posted Image

US and French national anthems


Posted Image


















speech by the Mayor


Posted Image

the plaque with the crew


Posted Image

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

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG


#2 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:04 AM

and Mrs Minnick's speech in English:



"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
Thank you.
Vive la France, vive the United States"
  • Biak, 693FA, Clementine and 1 other like this

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG


#3 Biak

Biak

    Adjutant

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 5,565 posts

Posted 16 May 2012 - 01:43 PM

Be it a small town in the United States, a village in Europe, or the middle of the Desert in Africa; We shall never forget.

Thanks Skipper

Edited by Biak, 20 May 2012 - 09:29 PM.

Happiness is nice but it can't buy money.

 

Kilroy_Was_Here_by_catluvr2.gif


#4 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:39 PM

Thanks Biak, if you like these kind of threads I can post more of them.

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG


#5 Biak

Biak

    Adjutant

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 5,565 posts

Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:58 PM

"IF"? But of course! Always nice to see that Pride of Country and our 'brothers' sacrifices shall never be forgotten.
  • Skipper likes this

Happiness is nice but it can't buy money.

 

Kilroy_Was_Here_by_catluvr2.gif


#6 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:07 PM

Cheers Biak, that's all I needed to hear, I will post another commemoration for you and others very soon.

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG


#7 judy minnick

judy minnick

    recruit

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:14 PM

I cannot thank Jean Pierre and all at the Association Forced Landing, the mayor and people of Amilly, and the French people enough. Such an incredible and moving experience. Thank you for your comments.
  • Skipper, 693FA and Clementine like this

#8 Biak

Biak

    Adjutant

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 5,565 posts

Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:47 PM

Thank You ! One of the things about "WW2f" is we are all of the same mind when it comes to Honoring All Services members. I think I can speak for more than a few here and say we would be Honored also to hear anything you might be willing to share with us.

Happiness is nice but it can't buy money.

 

Kilroy_Was_Here_by_catluvr2.gif


#9 gunbunnyb/3/75FA

gunbunnyb/3/75FA

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 440 posts

Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:05 AM

does anyone know where he was from? just wondering.

#10 TD-Tommy776

TD-Tommy776

    Man of Constant Sorrow

  • TrusteeOKF Trustee
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,232 posts
  • LocationThe Land of 10,000 Loons

Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:10 AM

Thank you, Mrs. Minnick. Please know how much we appreciate your father's service and sacrifice. We consider it a privilege to honor the memory of those young men who put everything on the line for the cause of freedom.

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.


halvorsonpto129ir37id3.jpg

PFC Glenn W. Halvorson

bannereto776tdv2.png

PFC Norman L. Halvorson


#11 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:56 AM

It's been a privilege posting this Mrs Minnick. Mr Pierre told me how honored he was by your visit .

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG


#12 693FA

693FA

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 490 posts

Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:57 AM

Thank You Mrs. Minnick! and Well done Skipper keep em coming!
Regards,
Clint

#13 judy minnick

judy minnick

    recruit

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:33 AM

He was from Philadelphia, PA. My mother was from Cincinnati, OH. He was actually 26 when he was killed, not 24. Thanks for all your comments.

#14 RabidAlien

RabidAlien

    Ace

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,084 posts

Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:36 AM

:S!

#15 judy minnick

judy minnick

    recruit

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:07 AM

Thank you all. I haven't been able to get to the site for several weeks but there was a note that it may harm my computer. Now I can get started again.

#16 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Mrs Minnick, glad you are able to connect again. When I have more follow ups I will gladly post them here as well.

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG


#17 L2Jarvis

L2Jarvis

    Conscript

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

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.



#18 Skipper

Skipper

    Kommodore

  • ModeratorsOKF Moderator
  • 22,180 posts

Posted 07 December 2013 - 07:31 PM

Enjoy :

 

3p1020342.jpg

 

 

 

http://www.aerostele...code=amilly-b17


  • L2Jarvis likes this

Vorsicht+Feind.JPG





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users