Marks an army buddy of Ole's went over in 2003 to visit with Pol, Susie's
son, with his wife
Rachel, and their daughter Marilyn. They traveled the route of Co.
Signal Const. Battalion. throughout Europe and Luxembourg City, where
their outfit stayed in the back of the Tavern owned by the
LaRouche-Giveney family, for the latter part of December 1944 through
two weeks of January 1945, while snow was on the ground.
there, Sisy's Mother, who did not speak English, and had seen Ole
drawing some of the men in his outfit, asked Sisy to ask Ole if he would draw
Sisy's picture, which he did, then Sisy's mother asked Sisy to ask Ole if he
could put it in color, and that is when he did the oil. He had to ask his
commanding officer first, and that's when the commanding officer told him
to go ahead and paint it, as it was the least they could do, for getting to
sleep in the dry of their tavern.
Some additional information sent to us
The owners of tavern in Luxembourg-Merl
: Jean Pierre Laroche-Gaviny (my grand-parents).
My grandmother's first name:
Their daughter is Sisy Laroche (my mother). She was
married to Arthur Konsbruck in 1946.
Jean Pierre Laroche had a little
enterprise at the back of the tavern: A carriage builder (wood),
therefore the Tavern was called "BEIM WOONER" (translation "at
the carriage builder's" tavern). The tavern's name now: "CAFE DE
L'ARRET" (translation: Bus-Stop Tavern).
The exact name of my grand parents is:
My mother's name first name is Suzanne
called Sisy. ( the G.I.s obviously changed this to Susie)
The tavern is located in a suburb of
Luxembourg-City. The suburb's name is Merl.
The exact address of the tavern:
Cafe de l'Arret
365 route de Longwy
This was during the Battle of the Bulge.
General Patton is buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery in Luxembourg. 2004
is the sixtieth anniversary of this historic battle fought over a 60 mile
wide area where Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg meet.