Gaulle, Charles de 1890-1970

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Birth 1890-11-22
Death 1970-11-09
French, English

Biographical notes:

Charles Andr Joseph Marie de Gaulle (1890-1970) was a Capitaine, 33ime Rgiment d'Infanterie, serving on the Western Front. He later became a General, and eventually President of France.

From the guide to the Personal recollections of Charles de Gaulle, 1915, (Leeds University Library)

Charles de Gaulle was a French general, statesman, and veteran of World War I and World War II. He led the Free French Forces during World War II and later served as France's President, 1944-1945; Prime Minister, 1958-1959; and Minister of Defense, 1958-1959, before founding the French Fifth Republic and serving as its first president, 1959-1969. De Gaulle died in 1970.

Jacques Hardre was born on 10 January 1915 in Dinan, France, and emigrated to the United States as a child. Hardre lived in Greensboro, N.C., before returning to France to attend school. He became a sergeant in the 129th Infantry Regiment of the French Army at the outbreak of World War II, but returned to Greensboro after his unit was demobilized. Hardre then relocated to London, England, and joined the First Armored Division of Charles de Gaulle's Free French Forces for the remainder of the war. During the course of his life, Hardre was the recipient of many military and academic honors and awards, including the Croix de Guerre, the Medal of Free France, Senegal's National Order of the Lion, the Vermeil Medal, and the Legion of Honor. From 1945 until his retirement in 1977, Hardre was a faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as both professor of French and chair of the Department of Romance Languages, during which time he published numerous books and articles concerning French culture, history, and literature. Hardre died on 16 November 1983 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

From the guide to the Charles de Gaulle Letter, 1969, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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