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The grave of Private First Class Richard Magnon is located in Epinal American Cemetery in Dinoze, France. Frenchman Marc Corriger adopted the grave and then did some research on Magnon to find his next of kin. The Becker County Historical Society helped find his daughter in Bloomington, 70 years after Magnon died in World War II. SUBMITTED PHOTO

From France, with thanks for WWII aid

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A man in France has helped connect a Minnesota woman to her father — 70 years later.

“A fellow in France, Marc Corriger, adopted this grave, and he came to Minnesota last summer,” said Becker County Historical Society Director Amy Degerstrom.


Though she doesn’t know the details of why Corriger was in Minnesota, she does know that he researched the grave he had adopted, which belongs to Richard E. Magnon. He was trying to track down any descendants.

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