517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team
Biennial 517th PRCT Reunion
From Patricia and Roland Orengo, our friends from Sospel, France:
We would like to thanks all of you for your welcome in Savannah. It was our first reunion with the 517e but not the last. Helen and Hal have done a tremendous job for … the “cream”, their family and friends.
We are very proud to know you, to share your souvenirs. Our mind will keep for ever, your kindness, your disponibility, your happiness, your love of life : a great lesson for the future generation. It was, also moving to see children grand children, cousins, nephews attend to the reunion. We have to keep alive your sacrifice in the memories. It is our legacy.
We are still French, we speak still French because one day you have jumped in France, a small country, on the other side of Ocean Atlantic, almost unknown by you, only, to save us.
Thanks so much.
And don’t forget : The French love Americans as you love us.
Vive l’Amerique, Vive la France.
NB : For those of you who they did not
understand our awful accent, we send you included, our speech (Banquet –
Patricia and Roland ORENGO
Banquet - Savannah, August 19, 2005
Dear Friends of the 517e,
My husband Roland and I come from a village in the south
east of France, which is called Sospel.
We are the humble representatives of our village’s mayor and
the population of Sospel who present to the 517e this plate in homage for your
action in the World War II.
We are with you today, thanks to the invitation of Nolan
Powell and his family, which are most generously allowing us to stay with them
during our time in the USA.
In honour of this friendship, we present Nolan with the medal of Sospel.
We thank you for your reception but we are especially grateful for the efforts you have made to give us freedom.
We recently celebrated, like many villages and towns of France, the 60th anniversary of our liberation which took place on October 28.
One of you was in Sospel on that date. It was Marvin Moles,
who had the good idea to mislay his helmet in a corner of France which then
enabled a young guy to find him !