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The grave of Pvt. First Class Richard Magnon is located in Epinal American Cemet

Frenchman’s adoption of WWII grave connects Minnesotan to father she never knew


DETROIT LAKES - 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 French grave he had adopted, which belongs to Richard E. Magnon, and he was trying to track down any descendants.

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