January 26th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: DFW AREA, Texas
Thank you for you encouragement. My grandmother came over after the war when she met her husband and my grandfather, a glider co-pilot. (war bride) Married for 40+ years.
My grandmothers brother (one of 8 siblings), a traditional Catholic family joined up around 1939 (or rather mass mobilization in France due to invasion). His name was Charles. They were from the Metz area, the Alsace-Lorraine region - where Joan of Arc originated.
My grandmother passed away before I was really old enough to know more it. I have relatives in France who know a little, but they do not discuss it. They just know in 1954, the Legion sent the next of kin a letter stating he was MIA. They assumed is was Dien Bien Phu since it was all over the press in France. - I really wish I had this letter.
I am not sure if he changed his name in the Legion or kept it. I do have a picture of him in June 43' in his Free French uniform holding a STEN sub machine gun.
I will try and take a picture of my MAS 49/56. I do not have any at the moment.