My dad, Armand Gabriel Charest, was
a US Army veteran of World War II. I knew this growing up as he would talk a
lot about his Army adventures. We even attended a reunion of his 41st Division
in 1971. He always expressed pride in being a soldier and pride in his role
during WWII. But there were things about his army service I didn’t know until
he wrote his memoirs in 2002.
Then there were some things about
his Army service I didn’t know until after he passed, which left questions for
which I’ll probably never have answers.
The 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
Part III: Winding Down the War, and AfterwardsChapter 17
Rest, Relaxation, and Retraining
The division entered a period of rest and rehabilitation. New recruits filled the depleted ranks of the rifle companies; we received new clothing and weapon all line companies entered into extensive training, melding the new inexperienced soldiers with the veterans. So, at the ripe old age of nineteen, I was a veteran.