Barbulée, Madeleine b. September 2, 1910 d. January 1, 2001 Actress. She was born in Nancy, France. In her long career that spanned more than fifty years, she appeared in over 125 films. She began her career on stage, become a leading lady in Comédie des Enfants in the 1940s. On cinema, she is best remembered in "Rome-Express" (1949), "The Diary of Major Thompson" (1955), "Les Misérables" (1958), "Pierre et Paul" (1969), "L'Avare" (1980) and "Roulez Jeunesse!" (1993). She died in Paris, France. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière d'Anisy, Anisy, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Bates, Sidney b. June 14, 1921 d. August 9, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Cumberwell London, England, he served as a Corporal in the 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, British Army. On August 6, 1944, near Sourdeval, France, the position held by the 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, was attacked by the German 10th SS Panzer Division. Corporal Bates was commanding unit on the left forward section which suffered a number of casualties from heavy enemy fire, when he decided to move the remainder of his men to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Plot: XX.E.19.
de Normandie, Agatha b. 1064 d. 1080 English Royalty. Born the daughter of William I "the Conqueror" King of England and Matilda de Flandre in Normandy, France, the ninth of ten children. She married Alfonso VI of Galicia, about 1074 at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity, Caen, France when she was about nine years old. She died at about age 16, allegedly on her journey to Spain to join her husband for the first time, and was buried at Bayeaux Cathedral, Bayeaux, France. Her name has also been recorded as Elgiva de Normandie. (Bio by: Iola) Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
de Normandie, William 'The Conqueror' b. September, 1028 d. September 9, 1087 English Royalty. William I, the first Norman King of England, ascended to the throne in 1066 shortly after the death of his second cousin, Edward the Confessor. Edward had no heir, but requested William to be his heir apparent to the throne. William was the son of the Norman Duke Robert the Magnificent and the unnamed daughter of a tanner. At age seven he became the Duke of Normandy. He married Matilia, daughter of the Count of Flanders, and to the union four sons and five daughters were born...[Read More] (Bio by: Linda Davis) Cause of death: Internal injuries from his horse's fall Abbey of Saint Stephen, Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
De Rothschild, Guy b. May 21, 1909 d. June 12, 2007 Banker. Baron Guy de Rothschild was born Edouard Alphonse Paul Guy de Rothschild in Paris, France and became head of the French arm of the House of Rothschild, fianciers to Europe. In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, he joined the 3rd Light Mechanised Division; fiercely attacked by the Germans, only three of 26 members survived and he was one of them. Later after the 1944 Normandy invasion he fought with the Resistance; he was awarded the Croix de Guerre. After the war, he revived the...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cimetière de Touques, Touques, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Diekmann, Adolf Otto b. December 18, 1914 d. June 29, 1944 Military Figure, War Criminal. Adolf Otto Diekmann, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 4th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment (Der Führer), of the Das Reich Division of the Waffen-SS, was the highest ranking officer present at Oradour-sur-Glane, France, on June 10, 1944. It was on this day that 642 men, women and children were murdered and the whole town was destroyed by fire. Some records show his name as Otto Dickmann but the official SS records show that his name was Adolf Otto Diekmann. After...[Read More] (Bio by: Rick Lawrence) German Military Cemetery, La Cambe, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Faughn Jr., BM2. Jack b. 1924 d. June 18, 1944 Boatswain Mate 2/c U.S. Navy, World War II-Seaman Faughn was killed in action by rocket & artillery fire on 6-18-1944 while serving as Boatswain aboard a L.S.T. near Normandie, France.
He is the son Mr. Jack, Sr. & Mrs. Hazel Leona Faughn of 220 Bloomington Road in East Peoria, Illinois, and is a 1942 graduate of East Peoria H.S. Seaman Faughn did his training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Flanders, Matilda of b. 1030 d. November 3, 1083 British monarch, Queen consort of William the Conquerer. Daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders and Adela Capet, she married William in 1051. While her husband invaded England, she took over ruling Normandy in his absence. She was crowned Queen of England in 1068, though she spent little time there. She was known for her formidable temper, and William was apparently faithful to her. She had 9 children, seven of whom survived. She died in Normandy after a long illness, and was buried in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Saint-Trinitie Church, Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Plot: in the choir under a slab of black marble
Hallman, Sherwood Henry b. October 29, 1913 d. September 14, 1944 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, World War II. Staff Sergeant, US Army. Landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Killed in action by a German sniper in Brest, France on September 14, 1944. Awarded CMOH for his actions on September 13th when he ordered his squad to cover his movements while he advanced alone against a German position outside Brest. Using his carbine and grenades, S/Sgt. Hallman, unassisted, killed or wounded 4 of the enemy and ordered the remainder to surrender. Immediately, 12...[Read More] (Bio by: daytonflyers (inactive)) Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Basse-Normandie, France
Kieffer, CDR. Philippe b. October 24, 1899 d. November 20, 1962 World War Two Free French Naval Commando Officer. Born Marie Joseph Charles Philippe Kieffer to French parents in Haiti and chiefly educated in the United States, he studied economics and began a career as a bank director in the United States and Canada. Upon the outbreak of World War II in 1939, however, he joined the French Navy as a reserve officer. In 1940, he was present at the battle and evacuation of the Allied forces at Dunkirk. With the fall of France to the Germans, he immediately...[Read More] (Bio by: wildgoose) Grandcamp-les-Bains Churchyard, Grandcamp-Maisy, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Marshall, Mike b. September 13, 1944 d. June 2, 2005 Actor. He was the son of American actor William Marshall and French actress Michele Morgan. He was born in Los Angeles (California) and died in Caen (Normandie, France). He appeared in over 50 films and TV shows. He made his film debut in the sci-fi thriller "The Phantom Planet," which was directed by his father. His credits include the James Bond film "Moonraker," the love story "A Little Romance," "Is Paris Burning?" and "The Hostage Tower." He was the father of the actress Sarah Marshall. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cause of death: Cancer Cimetière de Deauville, Deauville, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Monteith Jr., Jimmie W. b. July 1, 1917 d. June 6, 1944 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Killed in action near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he played football as a member of the Class of 1941. He was a 6 foot, 2 inch redhead, and well liked by his fellow students. In October 1941, he joined the Army in Richmond, Virginia, and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia...[Read More] Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Plot: Section I, Row 20, Grave 12