Movillars ~ A Memorial Day Moment

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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Master Sergeant George L. Peuquet (1910 ~ 2005) of the U.S Army’s 34th AAA Brigade stands frozen in time (& in actuality, to hear him tell it) in the cold French winter, January 1945. His unit arrived there in November of ‘44, & stuck around until the weather moderated a bit. In his memoir he wrote: “When we first arrived in town I looked at a long curving hill that ran from the direction of Switzerland into the main street of Morvillars [France]. What a dandy bobsled run, I thought.” Later, "The army in its usual wise way had taken away our overshoes… the temperature was very low. How low we never knew because we didn’t have a thermometer…."

Morvillars is in northeastern France, about 5 miles (8 km) from the Swiss border. After I fiddled with this old photo & added the swirls, I gave a framed copy of it to George who laughed & said that my enhancement showed the circumstances just as they had felt!

George was a dear old family friend ~ a high school sweetheart of my mother’s in the 1920s, who remained in her life peripherally while they married others & aged, & who came back into Mom’s life after he was widowed & she divorced in the 1970s.

A different look at George, with more information about him & his military career, can be found here.

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