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The writings of the late Armand Charest

Eyewitness to 1984, Part Two

The Second Visit

This is the second part of Armand’s story about traveling in Albania.  In Part I he discussed his first trip there with a private aid group originating in Naples, Italy.  At that time Armand was staying with my first wife and I just south of Naples, while I was stationed there with NATO.  Several months after his first trip, Armand went back on his own to perform additional relief work and explore. This is his account of the second trip.
 
Armand wrote and attempted to have his story, “Eyewitness to 1984,” published about 1997.  He did get Part I published in a travel magazine that folded immediately afterwards.  As Armand retained copyrights and publications rights, he let me also publish it on a travel website I operated at the time.  However, this is the first time the second part of his story has ever been published.
 
This has been edited for obvious spelling and grammatical errors, and formatted for best presentation on this website.  Otherwise, this story is exactly as Armand wrote it.

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The Memoirs of Armand Charest Part III

Armand CharestThe Charest-Frenchette Family in America: A Success Story

Editors Note: Shortly before my father had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, I managed to convince him to write some stories and family history. I promised him I would get them at least published on a family website if he did. Well, with a lot of “encouragement” from myself and possibly my brother Howard, Dad did write some of the family stories. This is part III in a three part series.

I have taken the liberty of re-formatting Dad’s writings to be suitable for this website. Otherwise, I have posted them as written. I may on occasion add some editorial comments of my own; these will be clearly marked when I do.
   Ron Charest
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The Memoirs of Armand Charest Part II

Armand CharestThe Charest-Frenchette Family in America: A Success Story

Editors Note: Shortly before my father had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, I managed to convince him to write some stories and family history. I promised him I would get them at least published on a family website if he did. Well, with a lot of “encouragement” from myself and possibly my brother Howard, Dad did write some of the family stories.
 I have taken the liberty of re-formatting Dad’s writings to be suitable for this website. Otherwise, I have posted them as written. I may on occasion add some editorial comments of my own; these will be clearly marked when I do.
 Ron Charest.
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The Memoirs of Armand Charest Part I

Armand CharestThe Charest-Frenchette Family in America: A Success Story

Editors Note: Shortly before my father had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, I managed to convince him to write some stories and family history. I promised him I would get them at least published on a family website if he did. Well, with a lot of “encouragement” from myself and possibly my brother Howard, Dad did write some of the family stories. This is part I of a three part series.

I have taken the liberty of re-formatting Dad’s writings to be suitable for this website. Otherwise, I have posted them as written. I may on occasion add some editorial comments of my own; these will be clearly marked when I do.
  Ron Charest
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