The ‘Frenchies’ of World War II: Cajun Louisianan struggle hero shares his story | EUROtoday

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Among the Americans drafted in 1943 to defeat the Nazis in Europe have been younger Cajuns from Louisiana, who spoke French as their native language. At the time, society tended to view the Cajun French language as a handicap, and the individuals who spoke it as second-class residents. All of that modified after D-Day, when the place the Cajuns’ French-speaking skills proved invaluable to navy operations in Europe and North Africa. They usually served as interpreters for the officers and have been nicknamed the “Frenchies”. Our correspondent Fanny Allard met one of many final surviving Cajun D-Day veterans in Louisiana.

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