«For Geert, his passion for research is not just a job…he sincerely cares about connecting the records to real people and accepts the challenge of tracing each individual’s paths, experiences, and outcomes. Geert’s memorable gift to us will now be passed down to our children and grandchildren as we keep alive the “Greatest Generation’s” stories of courage and determination in the fight for freedom.»
Peggy Stanley, daughter of Sgt. James T. Rhodes
Sgt. James T. Rhodes was drafted in April 1941 and served in HQ Company, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. Prior to D-Day he was transferred to Division HQ and served as an MP in the 29th’s Military Police Platoon landing on Omaha Beach. He continued his journey through Normandy earning Purple Heart for wounds recieved on 24 August 1944 and later a Bronze Star in 1945. His daughter Peggy and son Tom travelled through several towns and hamlets which their father’s MP platoon crossed in 1944 with Normandy Heroes.
The Stanley/Rhodes party was welcomed at the Madeleine Chapel in Saint-Lô by curator Jean Mignon, a civialian witness of the town’s liberation. The chapel is dedicated to the men of the 29th and 35th Infantry Division who liberated the town. Mike Stanley is holding the 175th Regimental Colours.