Interview Thomas G. Lilly, US Sixth Fleet Veteran

Moving video of Thomas G. Lilly, Rear Admiral US Navy Ret., filmed by Florent Plana on an original music of Baptiste Leblanc. At Villefranche-sur-Mer (France) in January 2017, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Sixth Fleet's departure, Florent Plana interviewed Thomas Lilly who shared his recollection of his time in Villefranche between [...]

By |2022-01-17T17:34:36+01:0013 March 2021|Bloody Mary, history, Memories, Mom Germaine, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Ships, Videos|

The Poops Lady – by Alice Grainger Gasser

My father was Lt. Cdr. Inslee E. Grainger.  Our family lived in Villefranche in 1959-61 when he served aboard the USS Des Moines and the USS Springfield.  I was only two when we arrived, so while I have a lot of memories of Villefranche, they are from a toddler’s perspective.   The USS Des Moines [...]

By |2020-03-07T16:23:28+01:0013 February 2020|Bloody Mary, famille, family, Memories, Navy brat, Photos, Sailors|

Down Memory Lane – by Phil Roberts

Warmed by the morning sun, I sit on my deck overlooking a wooded canyon admiring the small deck garden my great granddaughter Iris and I finished yesterday. Splashes of red and white Cyclamens and purple African Daisies, red and pink Geraniums surround a sculptured cement bird bath. A pretty garden with plants set off by the [...]

By |2019-11-27T16:11:30+01:0024 November 2019|Bloody Mary, history, Memories, Navires, Sailors, Ships|

Villefranche Remembered – by RADM Thomas G. Lilly

Recalling memories of times spent in Villefranche in the mid-1950s is not hard to do.  Each of the five visits I made there during 1955-57 was an adventure worth remembering.  Villefranche was the gem of the Mediterranean, unknown to most of the world, and tourists, particularly American, were a novelty.  Those in the Sixth Fleet, however, [...]

By |2023-06-29T00:16:24+02:0026 October 2019|Bloody Mary, Memories, Navires, Sailors, Ships|

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Our association collects any documents… Photos, videos, testimonies, artifacts related to the American presence in Villefranche-sur- Mer with the aim of preserving and passing on this inheritance to the young generations through various media and cultural events.


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