Rendez-vous at Roosevelt Fountain

  • Roosevelt Fountain

    © FX. Dessirier

    Roosevelt Fountain

    © FX. Dessirier

Rendez-vous at Roosevelt Fountain Hameau de Chamery Coulonges-Cohan 02130 fr

When the United States entered the war on 6th April 1917 the American President's four sons joined up.

Quentin, the youngest, chose to serve in the air force. On 14th July 1918 he took part in an air battle with 5 other pilots from his unit. He did not return from the expedition. Shot down and killed, he was buried by the Germans, with all military honours due to his rank, in the village of Chamery, the place where his plane had crashed. On 2nd August 1918 his grave was discovered by troops from the 32nd Division. In September 1955 the young man’s remains were transferred to the American War cemetery in Normandy, to lie beside those of his brother, Theodore Roosevelt Junior, who was killed on the Norman front on 12th July 1944.

To thank the people of the village of Coulanges-Cohan for putting flowers on their son’s grave, the Roosevelt family built them a monumental fountain which can still be seen today.

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