Meeting with veterans William “Magic Bill” Hunter and Eugène “Gene” Kleindl
25 October 2023 at 5pm, at the Normandy Victory Museum
Thanks to a generous gesture, at the end of 2023, the Normandy Victory Museum had the pleasure and honour of welcoming veterans William “Magic Bill” Hunter and Eugène “Gene” Kleindl.
The two men were in France for several days with family members to walk the beaches of Normandy and pay tribute to their brothers in arms. A memorial trip that took them as far as Bastogne in Belgium.
Where? Greenfield room
How much? Free event, without reservation, within the limit of available places
Ambassador advantage: reserved seats in the front row (find out more about the ambassador programme).
A few words about our beloved veterans
Eugene “Gene” Kleindl
Eugène was born in Minnesota in 1922 and turned 101 this year. In 1944, he was Combat Medic with the 358th Medical Detachment, 90th Infantry Division, and landed on 8 June in Normandy. Florent Plana met him and photographed him a few years ago for the “Portraits of Veterans” exhibition currently on show at the museum. Florent will accompany him on this moving journey.
William ‘Magic” Hunter
William was born in 1923 and turned 100 this year. He was in the US Navy and fought in the Pacific. He wanted to come to Normandy to follow in the footsteps of his brothers in arms.
Back to a moving moment
Over 120 people were on hand to meet and pay tribute to Eugène Kleindl and William Hunter. It was an emotionally-charged gathering, during which participants listened to the stories of these two veterans. We were also honoured by the presence of another exceptional guest: Jean Turcot, 105, veteran of the French campaign. He too will be back to share his story.
Many thanks to the numerous participants, to these great gentlemen and to our partner and friend Florent Plana, who initiated this event.
The memory album
… upcoming events
[ Apr. 23 to May 20, 2024 ] The exhibition is extended!!! Discover the commitment of legendary actor Jean Gabin during the Second World War. An exhibition presented in partnership with the Musée Jean Gabin and the Musée des blindés de Saumur.
[ May 31 – June 9, 2024 ] An exceptional D-Day anniversary will take place in 2024. The whole of Normandy is mobilized to pay international tribute to those who reopened the gates of freedom in Europe. The Normandy Victory Museum is preparing a rich program for visitors. It will soon be online. Sign up to receive it.
[ 20 – 21 July 2024 ] For two days and for the fourth edition of the COBRA 44 festival, the Normandy Victory Museum commemorates the end of the Battle of the Hedges and becomes an open-air museum. The program will be online soon. Sign up to receive it.
Push open the doors of history
Visit the Normandy Victory Museum Museum of the Battle of the Hedges. We are in Normandy, Manche dpt, France