Gantois shows photos of his parents, Henderson, right, and mother Irene in Ludres.
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After decades of searching, Andre Gantois had completely lost hope. The retired French postal worker figured he'd likely go to his grave without ever knowing who his father was, unable to identify the U.S. serviceman who had fought his way across France after the D-Day landings, taken a bullet to the skull and been nursed back to health in a military hospital by Gantois' mother.Even as Europe, the United States and their allies mark 75 years since 160,000 Allied troops stormed a heavily fortified 80-kilometer stretch of Nazi-occupied coastline in Normandy, the history of D-Day and its aftermath is still being written.A trusting child, Gantois couldn't know these were lies.Until last June.Urged on by his daughter-in-law, Gantois took a DNA test.The trail would have ended there for Andre Gantois had his American half brother not also taken a DNA test.The two men and Gantois' half sister, Judy, met for the first time last September in France.Other wartime families' histories remain unresolved.
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