Olivier Pinta Last Known Position N49 22.910 W001 47.334
My dear friend Olivier died in February 2005. For many of my visitors Olivier
was the "Frenchman" they got to know here in Normandy. He always thanked them
for America's part in the liberation of France, and always flew a forty eight
star flag in his garden when he knew I had visitors. The flag had been
liberated by his father from a visiting American ship, just after the end of the
Olivier also was an invaluable aide for me when researching the occupation and
liberation of Normandy. Much of the local information contained in both this web
site and www.atlantikwall.org.uk came from
him. He was childlike in his enthusiasm for the many avenues that his interests
Olivier was known to his friends as Mr Gadget, if it was cutting edge technology
he had to have it, even if on most occasions he had no idea how to use it. He
had a digital camera that cost about the same as a small family car, but we
never saw a really good photograph taken on it.
He bought a new GPS that we convinced him would not work a night, because it
could not see the satellites in the dark.
During the liberation celebrations last year, Olivier who was also a town
councillor had invited the American Consul to the event. My memory of Olivier is
him handing his crash helmet to the consul whilst he went off looking for
another bottle of champagne.
He would have liked the idea of having a page on a web site to his memory, and
it is possible that even now he is getting an angel to show him how to access the