For God and Country

« Geert did an extraordinary job in researching my uncle and his movements while in France shortly after D-Day. He was expertly versed in all phases of the battles that took place on my uncle’s short journey into France.  It was obvious that Geert took the time to not only drive the route of our tour beforehand, but also took the time to meet with some of the local townspeople to find someone who might have been there when the battle was fought near their community when my uncle lost his life.  Meeting the townspeople face to face was clearly the highlight of our tour and only through Geert’s hard work did it happen.  We would highly recommend Geert’s services to anyone that wants to re-trace the footsteps of their relative that was involved with the D-Day invasion.  You will not be disappointed. »
Dale A. Bathon, nephew of Pfc. James P. Bathon

James P. Bathon arrived in Normandy as a replacement on 5 July 1944 and was killed during his first engagement 5 days later in the small town of Le Mesnil-Veneron. His nephew, Dale Bathon travelled to Normandy to discover where his uncle spent the last days of his life. Greg Garcia, a close friend with Dale over the past 25 years and a World War II historian in his own right, accompanied Dale on this journey as Dale is afflicted with MS, a disease that can flare up at any time at any place in many different forms.  Without Greg’s assistance, this trip could not have taken place and Dale is eternally grateful for his help.

IMG_2211Dale Bathon and Greg Garcia by the grave of Pfc. James P. Bathon. After James was killed his personal effects were returned to the US but a rosary was missing. During his trip Dale brought a rosary and hung it around his uncle’s marble cross.

IMG_2059Dale Bathon and Greg Garcia meeting with local witnesses in the village of Le Mesnil-Véneron