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Reunited at last

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A moving story I heard of last week.


On this18 December 2013 was commemorated on the French Mediterranean Coast the last departure from Algiers, just 70 years before, of Free French submarine Protée who was later reported missing with all hands (74 men). The wreck was located in 1995 at 130m depth, close to the French coasts, which confirmed that the sub had been lost to a mine. What was rather unusual at the ceremony, was that the ashes of the last surviving 75th seaman, deceased shortly before, have been put down at sea over the wreck, thus complying with his last wishes. Raymond Morales should have appeared among the missing, 70 years ago, if his best friend had not insisted on swapping their duties on land and at sea. A survivor by sheer luck, Morales chose to rest for ever among those whose water mass grave it was his fate to share 70 years before, after the long and happy delay Destiny granted him.

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