He was the most French of American veterans. Bernard Dargols died on April 28th just days before his 99th birthday. But during the commemorations of June 8, 2019, it was not forgotten, as West-France tells. To celebrate his memory, a distinguished guest attended the ceremony in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados).
Alongside the family and friends of the veteran, Michel Sardou came to greet the memory of Bernard Dargols accompanied by his musician Pierre Billon. The presence of the singer of the tube "Les Ricains" owes nothing to chance. His arrival was initiated by the mayor of the town, Philippe Laillier. "At the end of the year, in a report, Bernard Dargols evoked the sometimes difficult relations between France and the United States," says the city leader quoted by West France.
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In an excerpt, the veteran confides his respect for Michel Sardou who had gone against some French – including General de Gaulle – with his pro-American song released in 1967. "He had the courage and the guts to sing this song, and I really thank him from the bottom of my heart, "said Bernard Dargols, in 2018, as the daily reports. He left for the United States at the age of 18 and landed at Omaha Beach with the US Army two days after the D-Day.
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"If the Ricans were not there. You would all be in Germany. To talk about I do not know what. To salute I do not know who. Michel Sardou has been singing these lyrics since January 1967 and it is with this song, in personalized words, that he has closed the intimist tribute wanted by the close relations of the GI.
"We forget all wars"
"I liked the mayor's approach, a simple meeting with the people who appreciated this man," said Michel Sardou as reported West France. And to add also: "We forget all the wars, the small ones as the biggest, with the time. But what we can do is remember this man a long time. "
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The life of Bernard Dargols was marked by the fear of oblivion. In front of the bunker, his granddaughter recalled that he "had the will to transmit not to forget. He liked it here. The Normans fell under his spell, and he knew that here, he found the authenticity.