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The Girl Who Wore Freedom

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In June of 1940, Dany Patrix’s father Paul was serving in the French Navy when he was abruptly ordered to evacuate, leaving his family behind without the chance to bid farewell. Over the following months, he could only write letters to them in a journal, not knowing if he would ever see them again. We’ll share some of those letters (translated) over the next few weeks. Here is one of the first entries: . ——June 17th, 1940 | On board the trawler “Nadine” at sea off the French coast. . My darling wife, I was like most of my comrades obliged to leave Saint Vaast without being able to go home or let you know that I was gone. . We were prepared for the defense of Fort de la Hougue since we had no possibility of going out when suddenly the order of Captain Hamond we started boarding at about 4:30, the water in the belly and even up to the chin... The Germans fly over the Hougue and launch several bombs that do not reach anyone, fortunately. . I wanted to stay and maybe I could have managed to go home. I think of you, my wife and my little ones, finally if we do not land on a mine or if we do not make bad encounters, I hope to see you again all three. . Your husband who thinks of you, his Francis, his little Dany and all those who are dear to me. Paul.—— . Photo: Dany (our “Girl Who Wore Freedom”) and her father. . Normandystories.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀

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