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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 the free application IZITRAVEL on your smartphone or pad then search Villefranche-sur-Mer. Choose your language then click on listen to the audio. During the whole tour, your will [...]

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|

I was the boss of the Diesel gang on the Des Moines

Memoirs written by Paul White Cliquez pour Version française I was on the Des Moines from Feb. 15, 1957 until Aug. 12, 1960. We came over across the Atlantic to Villefranche-sur-Mer in mid 1958 and I was home ported there until Aug. 1960. At the time these photos were taken I was a [...]

By |2019-11-25T22:01:54+01:0018 September 2018|history, Memories, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Ships|

The USS Ticonderoga CG-47 – written by Gilles Perez

Villefranche-sur-Mer Godmother of the USS Ticonderoga CG-47 on July 14, 1990 - Written by Gilles Perez In 1990, an event finally sealed Villefranche-sur-mer's attachment to the Navy! Crossing in the Western Mediterranean, the cruiser USS Ticonderoga CG-47 released for the first time in the harbor of Villefranche from 12 to 16 July 1990 and will be [...]

By |2019-11-25T23:44:23+01:0021 June 2016|history, Memories, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Ships|

Tribute to Captain Edward F. MESSINA

Captain Edward F. Messina It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of Captain Edward Frederick MESSINA, retired from the U.S. Navy, on May 24, 2016 at his home in Florida after a battle with cancer. Edward F. MESSINA was born on July 3, 1940 in Somerville, Massachusetts and [...]

By |2019-11-25T22:28:41+01:0021 June 2016|history, Hommage, Memories, Navires, Photos, Sailors, Tribute|

The Flagship

We all know that the USS Springfield CLG-7 was the last of the Sixth Fleet Flagships for which Villefranche served as the home port. But do you know the difference between a Flagship and a "normal" U.S. Navy ship? The Vice-Admiral aboard the Springfield commanded the Sixth Fleet, not the Springfield, which was under the direct [...]

By |2019-11-25T22:40:07+01:0011 May 2016|history, Memories, Navires, Photos, 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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