We are less than a year away from the eightieth anniversary (October 2024) of the liberation of the Vosges communities of Bruyères, Bellmont, Biffontaine, and the near miraculous rescue of the Lost Texas Battalion. We are again reminded of the sacrifice made by the young Nisei men of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team in October 1944. With each passing day, fewer of these heroic soldiers are left to tell their story, and it is essential that we create a lasting exhibit that will carry their story to future generations. Where better to have such an exhibit than on the very ground made sacred by the Nisei sacrifice?
With the agreement and support of the Mayor and City Council, the town of Bruyères is working to create a start-up museum to commemorate the Nisei and the members of the French Resistance who helped liberate these communities. To that end, we are seeking artifacts associated with the Nisei soldiers and donations to create a small museum that will preserve these artifacts and stories for future generations.
We have created a website at vosgesheroes.org and have obtained non-profit (501 (c) (3) status (93-3459043) for the museum fund. The website also offers a children’s book called Marie of Bruyères that tells the story, in both English and French, of a little girl who meets one of the Nisei liberators. All donations and proceeds for the sale of the book are deposited in the Museum Fund.
Please go to vosgesheroes.org and make a generous donation and buy the book. Please also see hill555.org that describes our earlier effort to create the Torch Monument dedicated in 2017. For additional information, please call Carl Williams, the U.S. Volunteer, at 916-233-8069.