THE MONUMENT
ASSOCIATION NORMANDY 44 - 90th US DIVISION

1998

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term

4th Term

1999

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term

4th Term

2000

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term

4th Term

 

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Informations about the Monument, day by day


4th Term 99
Informations concerning the Monument during the 4th Term of 99 :

Plaster cast trial bust
Plaster cast trial bust - © P. Cottencin - November 99. Don't search for any resemblance, this is an anonymous study face.

Monument construction is under progress. The sculptor Patrick Cottencin, whom we visited at work repeatedly in his studio at Boisville-la-Saint-Père, near Chartres, finished the model of the four soldiers, sketched some busts in plaster, and advanced in his search of resemblance.

To protect the sensibility of families, and to manage some effect of surprise, no face will be presented, on this site or anywhere else, before the inauguration.

According to the choices made during the last meetings - General Meeting and Board Meeting - the Monument of the 90th Division will be reinforced by a Monument to Civilians.

Below : Monument study model, realized by © P. Cottencin - November 99

Monument study model by P. Cottencin - November 99
Left to right : Richard E. Richtman, Andrew J. Speese, Virgil J. Tangborn

Monument study model by P. Cottencin - November 99
Left to right : Tullio Micaloni, Virgil J. Tangborn, Andrew J. Speese, Richard E. Richtman

Monument study model by P. Cottencin - November 99
Left to right : Virgil J. Tangborn, Andrew J. Speese, Richard E. Richtman, Tullio Micaloni

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3rd Term 99
Informations concerning the Monument during the 3rd Term of 99 :

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2nd Term 99


Above : "Final" model of the Monument, designed by © P. Cottencin.

Informations concerning the Monument during the 2nd Term of 99 :

After the former study models designed by Patrick Cottencin, here is the first picture of the "final" model.

Built of reinforced resin, the work will look like bronze. To give a soul and a face to these soldiers, faces will be the ones of Andrew J. Speese, Virgil J. Tangborn and Richard E. Richtman, as agreed upon to the Association by their relatives. All three of them took part in the June 1944 landing.

Note : Thanks to the success of the Subscription, as well in France as in the United-States, the Association has decided to add a fourth man to the Monument. He will be Tullio Micaloni, symbolizing "the guys in the tanks".

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When the Board of Directors last met on May 5, André Aubert, Local Councilor and Member of the Board of Directors, showed the sketch of the lay-out planned by the Local Council :

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1st Term 99
Informations concerning the Monument during the 1st Term of 99 :

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4th Term 98
Informations concerning the Monument during the 4th Term of 98 :

The sculptor already showed us several of his preliminary plans (models, sketches). Just a few details are still to be improved before starting the real performance of the masterpiece.

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