WWII hero, RI native son buried in North Africa

On a Sunday 4 weeks in the past, I walked by means of the stillness of a North African summer time morning, marveling on the completely manicured grounds of the 27-acre North Africa American Cemetery in Tunisia.

Right here lie the stays of two,841 of our army lifeless from World Battle II, representing 39% of the burials initially made in North Africa and Iran. All of the headstones are exactly aligned.

My objective was to pay my respects at a type of headstones. Block H, Row 20, Grave 18 is the burial web site of Workers Sgt. Rene A. Leger of East Windfall, one of many very first Military Air Power crew members (and doubtless the primary Rhode Islander) misplaced within the European theater throughout WWII. He died Aug. 9, 1942 – a full two months earlier than the U.S. invasion of North Africa started in November.

In line with the Leger household, this was the primary time anybody from house had ever visited his grave. Nobody had ever even seen an image of the grave till now.

Genesis of this story

Individuals typically ask how I get the inspiration for these columns. I first heard this story throughout a curling match on the Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink.

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