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Aniversary of the death of Capitaine X.de Cacqueray in Algeria

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Hello readers.

On September 28, 1958 Capitaine Xavier de Cacqueray-Valmenier died of wounds following a night time attack on a farm held by the enemy in the area of Constantine, Algeria.He was commanding a troop of the 4. Chasseurs at the time of his death at the age of thirty. His mother was able to attend his services but his father was prevented because of active duty as a Brig.General some place else in Algeria.

Capitaine de Cacqueray had served in the 1.REC ( 1.Foreign Cavalry Regiment) in Vietnam from 1952 to 1955 as Lt. and Executive Officer of the 5.Compagnie Portee and then commander of mounted elements of the 18.Escadron.

At the age of sixteen the later officer was already engaged as an active participant of the resistance movement in France and was decorated later with the croix de guerre.

For distinguished actions in Vietnam he was decorated with the croix de guerre on three occasions and was made a chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

Following his death Capitaine de Cacqueray was elevated to the rank of officer of the Legion d'Honneur and the receipt of the croix de Valeur Militaire at army level ( ordre de l'Armee). His remains today rest in the family mausoleum.

This writer served under the orders of this officer during his two tours of duty in Vietnam and retains a vivid memory of a gallant officer and had the pleasure to learn that the 2012 graduating class of the French Army Officers School St.Cyr elected to be named after him. It was followed by the invitation of the family and the graduating class to attend a day of remembrance of this officer at the Ecole Militaire in Paris in 2011 which turned out to be a memorable day.

Bernhard H. Holst

formerly with the 1.REC 1951 - 1953 and again 1954 - 1956 in Vietnam

Edited by Bernhard H.Holst

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Hello readers.

On September 28, 1958 Capitaine Xavier de Cacqueray-Valmenier died of wounds following a night time attack on a farm held by the enemy in the area of Constantine, Algeria.He was commanding a troop of the 4. Chasseurs at the time of his death at the age of thirty. His mother was able to attend his services but his father was prevented because of active duty as a Brig.General some place else in Algeria.

Capitaine de Cacqueray had served in the 1.REC ( 1.Foreign Cavalry Regiment) in Vietnam from 1952 to 1955 as Lt. and Executive Officer of the 5.Compagnie Portee and then commander of mounted elements of the 18.Escadron.

At the age of sixteen the later officer was already engaged as an active participant of the resistance movement in France and was decorated later with the croix de guerre.

For distinguished actions in Vietnam he was decorated with the croix de guerre on three occasions and was made a chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

Following his death Capitaine de Cacqueray was elevated to the rank of officer of the Legion d'Honneur and the receipt of the croix de Valeur Militaire at army level ( ordre de l'Armee). His remains today rest in the family mausoleum.

This writer served under the orders of this officer during his two tours of duty in Vietnam and retains a vivid memory of a gallant officer and had the pleasure to learn that the 2012 graduating class of the French Army Officers School St.Cyr elected to be named after him. It was followed by the invitation of the family and the graduating class to attend a day of remembrance of this officer at the Ecole Militaire in Paris in 2011 which turned out to be a memorable day.

Bernhard H. Holst

formerly with the 1.REC 1951 - 1953 and again 1954 - 1956 in Vietnam

Hello readers.

I have elected to re-post my entry of last year. I should have mentioned that the St.Cyr class

                "Capitaine X. de Cacqueray"

prominently opened the 14 July, 2011 National Holiday military parade in Paris.

Capitaine de Cacqueray's remains are now at rest in the family vault in France at which a delegation of the graduating class named for him paid their respects and deposited flowers. His memory is still present in this writer's mind.

Bernhard H. Holst

 

          

 

 

 

 

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