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Date Posted: 21:09:36 03/27/07 Tue
Author: Steve Mayeux
Subject: Re: Preservation fund raising
In reply to: Ouioui 's message, "Re: Preservation fund raising" on 03:57:49 03/24/07 Sat

Merci beau coup, Guillaume. Oui, Fort DeRussy does have a bank account that you can contribute to. The Friends of Fort DeRussy bank account is at The Cottonport Bank, Moreauville, Louisiana, account number 50029412, and the routing number is 065201666.

I am sorry that I was unable to speak to you when you were here. My wife did get a good picture of the three of you, which I will have to send to you soon.

It is kind of you to offer to make further donations to Fort DeRussy. The fort was named for Lewis DeRussy. His father was an officer in the French Navy, who transferred to the American Navy and served with John Paul Jones in the battle between HMS Serapis and the Bonhomme Richard, off Flamborough Head. So Fort DeRussy has a close connection with France.

I visited France (Marseilles, St. Tropez, Cannes) back in 1973 aboard a US troopship while serving in the Marines, and my father had a more extensive visit there in 1944. He spent several weeks recuperating from a shrapnel wound in a Paris hospital. He spoke French and was a combat Engineer, and as a result was the first American into a lot of liberated French villages back then. He made some good friends in Paris when his wounds were healing, but I suppose they are all dead by now. My father died last July, age 85. (I am the first generation in my family for whom French is not their native language - when my parents were in grade school in the 1920s, they were punished if they were caught speaking French)

Vive la France. Vive la Banks' Grand Retreat.

If you wish to reply to this, you can e-mail me in French. A lot of the older people around here still speak French, and will translate your message for me. But your English is fine.

Adieu. Steve Mayeux

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