Child of WWII Vet Wants to Find Father
A friend of mine who lives in France has asked me to help a friend of his in France find his father.Here is the story from his web page:
I have tried to find my father without success. The results of my research are
In the fall of 1943, an American soldier named Richard Gray, between 20 and
23, was based at Oran in Algeria.
There he met a young woman, my mother: Lucienne Martin, 17 years old. They became very fond of each other and planned to be married. Richard received wedding dress photos from his sister who lived in the U.S.
At the end of 1943 (end november, beginning december), Richard Gray was transfered to another, unknown to me, place to continue the war. He should have been informed by mail of my birth, probably in September, 1944. I have heard that my father came back to Oran, between September 1944- February 1945, without leave and quickly he was caught by MP. He hasn't have time to see us.
This story might be common place, but some troubling, complicating events intervened in this love story. Richard wrote often to my mother during the war and after he returned to the US. He said that he wanted to marry her; he expressed it in his letters.
Unfortunately, my grandmother intercepted and destroyed all of his letters.
She did not want this marriage to take place - it would mean that her daughter and grandson would move to the USA. I recently learned in March, 1998, from my mother the circumstances surrounding my birth. During this 54 year period, my mother thought she had been deserted, in a cowardly manner, by her fiance. To be deserted pregnant at a tender age was very difficult. I made several
inquiries in my family in 1998 and I began to learn several things from an aunt. Before her death in 1977, my grandmother confided to my aunt that she had destroyed all correspondence between them as well as a few papers belonging to my mother. While she never knew Richard Gray, the account of my aunt was a good one and all of her explanations were later verified. In September, 1998 I finally learned the truth to my mother (the destroying of letters).
The burdening facts that she was a deserted woman and an unmarried mother were out and, at that time, she told me my father's name.
The passing years and the efforts to forget have resulted in fading memories. I have created this site, attempting to look for my father. Here I have placed a photo of my mother at that time. I continue to use all the opportunities of the internet in my search. I have already sent more than 4,500 emails to Gray families and others.The surname Gray is a very common one in the US.
If Richard Gray can be located, if he wishes, he will be able to contact me. I only want to know if he is alive, any details of my American family, and if he has been informed of my search.
It's very important to know the name of his
Company. Is there a veteran who was in Oran during the WWW II and would answer me?It's possible my father was associated at Ordnance Motor Vehicle Assembly Company. PERHAPS IN ONE OF THESE Ordnance Motor Vehicule Assembly
-- 101st - in Oran Algeria
-- 105th - in Algiers Algeria (not in Oran)
-- 112th - in Oran Algeria
-- 149th Mtr Vehicule Assembly (Portable) - In Oran Algeria
-- 156th Tire Repair - In Oran Algeria
Please excuse me for any improprieties.
I would like very much to find him still living.
Mr. Paez Claude Richard
Allee du Vent d'Est - Les Vautes N° 7
83320 - Carqueiranne France
phone: +33 4 94 58 75 09 (France)