Tuesday, September 3, 2019
One By One, D-Day Memories Fade-- Part 5
The road Bernard Dargols took from Omaha Beach inland now nears his name.
The battle to wrest Normandy from the Germans took longer than the Allies had figured, but, for Dargols, the final prize was invaluable. When he made it to Paris, he went to his childhood apartment and found his mom -- unexpectedly alive.
For four decades, he didn't talk much about the war. But as more and more survivors died, and at his granddaughter's urging, he realized the importance of speaking out and sharing his stories with schools and journalists.
Dargols would have had a clear message for the D-Day anniversary had he lived, his granddaughter said: "Never take democracy for granted. Dictatorship is always a bad solution. Keep democracy alive. Fight for democracy, for freedom, for peace."