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I am currently writing a book on the plight of a man in Ireland in 1778 and his subsequent journey to Newfoundland; in particular, to Little Placentia/Argentia.

I am also detailing the plight of the man’s great-grandson, 163 years later, at Argentia when the U.S. government invaded and took over the town for the purpose of setting up a defense post against Hitler’s Germany. I am reaching out to anyone who has a story or memory they're willing to share in this regard.

In addition to gathering the feelings and experiences of that time from Argentia residents, I am interested in hearing from/speaking with people who worked on the moving of the three graveyards there to nearby Freshwater. I imagine it was thought to be somewhat easier for “outside” men to do that horrible job, instead of locals who'd be responsible for removing of the remains of their loved ones, all in various stages of decomposition — if there were remains at all.

In my hometown area, Placentia, many stories have been handed down through generations of Argentia descendants, and I imagine there are still lots of folks out there, somewhere, with valuable information and/or photographs to share.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in telling a story, no

matter how important you feel it is (they’re all important), please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Mail to: Darrell Duke, 243 Marine Dr., Clarenville, NL, A5A 1M9

Email: darrellduke@live.ca or telephone: (709) 466-7452

Darrell Duke


Geographic location: Placentia, U.S., Germany Freshwater Clarenville

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  • Hat rock fraggle
    December 06, 2013 - 20:13

    Sundays' not the same without Mudders salt beef. Louvounounerin in foxes harbour knows all e legends,if you dare. Miccys son. Mic had what they calls now PTSD. Can't wait to read this book.