Gouverneur Tribune Press - Sept 25, 1948 Two more of Gouverneur's war dead were returned to the village last week and teh community's ex-servicemen provided full military rites. They were T/Sgt Frank Anthony French, son of Tony French, 12 Church St. and Sgt Glenn K. Hess, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn W. Hess, Gravel Rd.
The remains of the two veterans were met at the NYCRR station at 6:45pm Friday by an American Legion and VFW honor guard. The Hess casket was removed to the parents home, the French casket to the American Legion Home. Village flags were half-masted.
Born in Carthage, Oct 19, 1922, Technician French was a son of Anthony and Marguerite Sussi French. He attended Carthage Grammer schools and Gouverneur high school. Prior to entering the armed forces he was employed at the Aluminum Company of America Plant, Massena and at the Geneva airbase.
He joined the U.S. Army in January 1942. After training at Camp McCall, NC; Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Benning, Ga., was shipped to England in January 1944.
A parachutist, Technician French was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when he was shot down behind enemy lines as a member of the first contingent of airborne infantry flown over Normandy as the invasion began.
He was awarded the following seven medals posthumously: Good conduct medal, American Campaign, European-African-Middle East campaign medal with bronze arrowhead victory, World War II Marksman, parachutist combat infantrymen's and distinguished unit emblem.
He is survived by his father and one sister, Mrs. Alice Benson of Herrings. His mother died in Carthage two years ago.