« Before my trip I was worried a little that maybe it was all going to be too sad for my father, but he just wanted to know as much as possible about what happened to his brother Frank who had died in Normandy during WWII. The trip went a long way to filling in the many blanks. Geert did a lot of research and in the end took us to nine locations that in some way or another were related to Frank. We came to appreciate in a small way what may have happened in those three weeks, from the time my uncle landed until he was killed. It was an emotional day and the highlight of our trip.»
                                                                                                                                                            Deborah Wood, niece of Pfc. Frank J. Wood

Pfc. Frank J. Wood served in Company H, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and was dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day. He survived the fighting on 6 June 1944 but was killed 3 weeks later by German artillery fire in the small town of Vindefontaine. Joe Wood, a Korean War era veteran and John Wood, a WWII veteran, took a voyage to trace their beloved brother’s footsteps.

100_2451Deborah Wood with her father and uncle at the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment Memorial in Amfreville.

100_2454  Joe, John, Deborah and Chris Wood with mayor Jean-Pierre Travert of Vindefontaine.