Three days of Remembrance in France
Last September 10 1996 René Deltieure passed
- Silver Star Medal : 20 auguste 1944, at Hyeres (South of France) :
"Rene Deltieure, 42 036 953, Sergeant (then Private), Infantry, Company "M", 7th Infantry Regiment. For gallantry in action. On 20 august 1944, near *** (in fact Hyeres), France, Sergeant Deltieure abandoned the cover of his foxhole during an enemy artillery and mortar shelling that wounded seven members of his platoon, in order to help and aid man render medical treatment. Although 77mm, 88mm and mortar shells burst within 25 yards of him, Sergeant Deltieure remained exposed for half an hour on his voluntary mission. Shortly thereafter, Sergeant Deltieure ran across 200 yards of exposed terrain through a heavy artillery shelling and into a minefield, to the assistance of 13 french soldiers wounded in an attack. Administering first aid and helping to evacuate the casualties, Sergeant Deltieure was exposed for another hour to artillery fire, with shells bursting within 15 yards."
- Oak Leaf Cluster (Silver Star medal) : September 11 1944 , Noroy Le Bourg (East of France) :
"Rene P.J. Deltieure, 42 036 953, Sergeant (then Private), Infantry, Company "M", 7th Infantry Regiment. For gallantry in action. On or about the night 11 September 1944, near *** (in fact Noroy le Bourg), France, Sergeant Deltieure set his heavy machine gun up alone on the shoulder of a road when vehicles were heard approaching in the darkness. As two vehicles drew alongside him, Seargent Deltieure recognized them as an enemy truck carrying personnel and a flakwagon, and he opened fire at them. Despite a hail of return small arms fire directed at him from distances of 25 to 35 yards, Sergeant Deltieure kept his finger on the trigger until he emptied a bolt. His fire exploded the flakwagon, killing seven. He also wounded several others and caused the capture of 12."
- Bronze Star Medal : January 30 1945, at Whir en Plaine (East of France) :
"Rene P.J. Deltieure, 42 036 953, Staff Sergeant (then Sergeant), Infantry, Company "M", 7th Infantry Regiment. For valorous conduct in action against the enemy. On 30 January 1945, during an enemy counter-attack on whir en Plaine, France, Staff Sergeant Deltieure set up his machine gun in a window of a house overlooking the enemy route of approach. Holding his fire until an enemy scout car was about 60 yards from him, he opened up, killing both occupants of the vehicle. He then directed his fire on a group of 12 enemy soldiers moving into position near a roadblock, killing one man and forcing the others to scatter. Disregarding the fire of a hostile tank that scored two hits on the building he occupied, he remained in position for approximately 30 minutes."
After World War Two, he studied chemistry at New York.
During a trip in France to visit his "French family", he met a young French woman, Josette. In 1950 they got married, and they had 5 children. But World War Two was not completely finished for Rene Deltieure...
Remember, he was wounded at Vervezelle (Vosges mountains) on October 1944... In fact he kept in his body the glares of a German shell. They moved in 1996, and then Rene Deltieure passed away !
But Deltieure's family can't forget that Rene was so proud to be soldier in the Third Infantry Division, the most famous of the US Army he said, so proud to have taken part in the liberation of France, the country of his ancestors, the country of his father who was French soldier during World War One... The spirit of Verdun... France, his second country... This country he visited a lot of time with his family…
For all these reasons, the wish of his family was that Rene was not forgotten in France... They thought to a plaque for his memory at Vervezelle, this very small village in the Vosges mountains, who was fatal for him, 52 years later...
But we, French people, wanted more for the memory of this great soldier… We wanted that his family had three days of Remembrance in France, following in his footsteps in the Vosges Mountains and Vesoul’s area, “nearly” like in 1944…
Three days for the memory of Staff Sergeant Rene Deltieure, one of these American soldiers who delivered our country !
07 may 2006 : 10h30 AM : Col du Haut Jacques (Vosges mountains), ceremony at the monument for the memory of the KIA of the 7th Infantry Regiment... The regiment of Staff Sergeant Rene Deltieure…
From left to right : Mr Robert T. Cavaness,
Superintendant of the American Cemetery of Epinal, Mr
Cherpion, member of Parliament, Mr Etienne Pourcher, County
Councillor, Mrs Josette Deltieure, Mr Lalandre, Councillor
of the Region, Mr Bonnard, the ceremony master, Colonel
retired, French Foreign Legion…
07 may 2006 : 11h30 AM : Vervezelle : dedication of the plaque in memory of Staff Sergeant Rene Deltieure :
Speech by Mrs Deltieure… She spoke about the
meaning of this plaque for her family, for her husband born
in France, for “Frenchy”, for Staff Sergent Rene Deltieure
who was so proud to be soldier in the famous Third Infantry
Division, so proud to have done something for the liberation
This plaque on the wall of the town hall of Vervezelle…
After the “vin d’honneur” at the town hall
of Vervezelle, after the lunch at Biffontaine, there was the
visit of the others monuments for the soldiers of US Army in
the District of Brouvelieures :
08 may 2006 : 11h30 AM : Vesoul : Victory in
Europe Day commemoration…
Each year it’s always a great ceremony in Vesoul !
French Army (French Air Force from the Air Base of Luxeuil), French Gendarmerie, Policemen, Firemen, but also members of patriotic associations, a lot of French flag holders, and of course a lot of citizens of Vesoul took part in this event presided by the Colonel of the Luxeuil Air Base and the mayor of Vesoul, Mr Alain Joyandet.
Mrs Josette Deltieure told about the
sacrifice of these young American soldiers… And explained
that her husband was so proud to have been in this Third
Infantry Division… The greatest division of the US Army he
08 may 2006 : 13h30 PM : Saulx de Vesoul : Reception by the mayor, the deputy mayors and the citizen of Saulx de Vesoul.
The team of Mr Christian Bresson and Mr Jean-Claude Lachat, first deputy mayor of Saulx de Vesoul, did also a lot for the work for memory… The plaque in 2004 for the memory of the soldiers of the Third Infantry Division who died during the liberation of their village, the Memorial Day of French Children in 2005 and 2006, and others events…
They wanted to receive Mrs Josette and Mr Claude Deltieure for a lunch !
During several weeks in september 1944 there was an US Field Hospital in their village… As Private Deltieure was wounded during the battle of Vy les Lure, at a few km from there, perhaps that… It’s quite possible… Certainely…
Mr Michel Clement was 21 years old at the
liberation of Saint Igny, a part of the Village of Villers
le Sec… He met these American soldiers of the 7th Infantry
Regiment. He remembered very well them…
17h00 PM : visit of Vy les Lure
During his speech, Mr Henri Steinmann read a
part of the book “LURE LIBERE” by Mr Pierre Antoine,
historian of this area. This part was about the battle of Vy
les Lure (September 15 and 16 1944), near the cemetery…
09 may 2006 : 09.00 AM : Lure
The French patriotic association “Le Souvenir Français” of the district of Lure finances the visit of the American Cemetery of Epinal by the very young children of the school of Lure and of the school of Mailleroncourt Charette. They are from 9 to 11 years old. 30 schoolboys and schoolgirls…
Mr Serge Lecing, president of the “Souvenir Français” of Lure, Mr Jean Besançon, past president of this association wanted that these children had a “special lesson” about World War Two, about the work for memory, just before this visit…
Mrs Josette Deltieure, Mr Claude Deltieure, Mr François Bardot, 21 year old, prizewinner of the competitive exam about Resistance and internment in concentration camp, Mr Michel Marlin, president of the Souvenir Français of the District of Marchaux (near Besançon), and two members of the Rock of the Marne Association were the others teachers during this morning.
Claude Deltieure asked : “What do you know
about World War Two ?”
Mathilde, Mélanie, Anthony, Alizée, Lauriane, Mailys, Océane and the others children…
Then, everybody distributed a lot of chewing
gum “Wrigley’s” to the children, nearly the same that the
American soldiers gave to the European people during World
At 11:00 am, end of this event, and end of
these three days of remembrance… The remembrance of S/Sgt
Rene Deltieure, the remembrance of the soldiers of the Third
Infantry Division US… The remembrance of all the American
soldiers of World War Two…