News from the board – Nov 2022

Discover new projects, news, histories and memories in our Autumn newsletter! Click on the sign with 4 arrows on the upper right of the window below for a full screen then scroll down. Enjoy!

Our Life in France – by Kimball Medders

In 1965, my dad finished up his Masters degree in Educational Administration at San Jose State and reapplied for a principal position with the military dependent school system in Europe.  Dad had been offered some remote place in Turkey, but his long time friend, Roy Kilkenny, asked him to take a school of which [...]

By |2021-12-23T17:52:03+01:0022 December 2021|family, history, Memories, Navy brat, Photos|

Free audioguide!

Visit the quay and the streets of the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer in the footsteps of the U.S. Sixth Fleet sailors thanks to our free audioguide. Download the free application IZITRAVEL on your smartphone or pad then search Villefranche-sur-Mer or scan the qr_code Choose your language then click on listen to the audio. During the whole [...]

Gliding to the sound of a Boston Waltz – by Jean-Pierre Kolodziejski

My mother in 1935 My mother was Marie Bentaccordi. She met Tom Bradley at a dance, he was a sailor onboard the USS Omaha I believe; it could have been the USS Raleigh, I'm not sure. She was 23 years old. I've known of my mother's first boyfriend Tom in bits and pieces over [...]

By |2020-06-07T23:20:09+02:007 June 2020|famille, family, history, Memories, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Ships|

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|

Conners family in Villefranche-sur-Mer 1952-1954

Memoirs of Michelle Conners, daughter of Thomas G. Conners, US Navy veteran Version française March 12, 2016 My father is Thomas Gerard Conners. He was a 2nd and lst Class Yeoman and served as the Officer Personnel Yeoman on the staff of the Sixth Fleet from October 5, 1952 until March 10, 1954. He served on [...]

By |2019-11-25T22:43:09+01:0011 May 2016|famille, family, history, Hommage, Memories, Navires, Navy brat, Photos, Sailors, Ships, Tribute|

A moving story from the daughter of Daniel T. Mochen USS Salem sailor

Photos credit : Daniel T. Mochen Daniel Thomas Mochen My father was Daniel Thomas Mochen, and he was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1920.  His parents were from a small Tyrolean village called Dimaro in the part of Italy that was once a part of Austria (before WWI).  His father (my grandfather) had [...]

By |2019-11-25T22:25:45+01:0022 April 2016|famille, family, history, Hommage, Memories, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Ships, Tribute|

Les Américains et la 6ème Flotte à Villefranche-sur-mer

J’ai l’immense joie de vous annoncer la création de l’association LES AMÉRICAINS ET LA 6e FLOTTE À VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER. Mon frère Thierry Blouin ainsi que mes cousins américains Gérard, Marilyn, Christine, Kathleen et Thomas Kelley se joignent à moi pour rendre hommage à notre grand-mère Germaine, « Mom » comme l’appelaient affectueusement ses boys, qui fut nommée [...]

By |2019-11-25T22:24:04+01:0024 September 2014|Actualités, famille, family, Hommage, News|

Our association

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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