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|

Interview Vice-Admiral Christopher W. Grady, US Sixth Fleet Commander

Interview of Vice-Admiral Christopher W. Grady (USN), U.S. Sixth Fleet Commander at that time, by Florent Plana. At Villefranche-sur-Mer (France) in January 2017, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Sixth Fleet's departure, Vice-Admiral Grady tells us the importance of this event, which represents the historical links between Villefranche and the Sixth Fleet, [...]

By |2022-01-17T17:35:12+01:001 December 2021|Commemoration, Event, history, Memories, Navires, Sailors, Ships, Videos|

Interview Philip A. Dur, US Sixth Fleet Veteran

Interview of Philip A. Dur, 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 Philip Dur who shared his recollection of his time in Villefranche between 1965 [...]

By |2022-01-17T17:34:01+01:0031 March 2021|Commemoration, history, Memories, Mom Germaine, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Ships, Videos|

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|

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|

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 |2019-11-27T16:15:47+01:0026 October 2019|Bloody Mary, Memories, Navires, Sailors, Ships|

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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