Letter to Al Panebianco - 45th Inf Div

Subject: Liberation Day- Barjols, France-August 1945




Mr. Panebianco,


Allow me to introduce my self. My name is Burt Gloor and my wife (Mireille) and I have a second home in a tiny village 3km from Barjols, France.


This past summer I had the wonderful experience to observe first hand the annual celebration of the liberation of Barjols by the 45th Infantry. (August 27th, 1945) It was a very moving experience and demonstrates the deep gratitude that the French hold for the 45th Infantry in Barjols.


The celebration began with a convoy of original WW II jeeps, duece and a half, and trucks. All the men were dressed in American Army uniforms, wearing the insignia of the 45th. Even their pants were made of the original heavy wool. The small square was decorated with American, Canadian and French flags. It was interesting to see that they have passed on the tradition of remembrance to the younger generation.


One woman hung out her laundry on the balcony in a red, white and blue pattern.


I thought you would enjoy seeing these photos and to share with some of the other brave American soldiers who liberated France.


I can now vouch for their sincere gratitude and hope I can add my sincere gratitude to the brave soldiers who fought not only for America but for freedom for Europe. Thank you.


I will return to this celebration of remembrance as long as I live in Ponteves, France.




Burt and Mireille Gloor





Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

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