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Cmdt. Guy Lucchessi

 
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While attending school in Cap Haitian in the early sixties, Guy
participated in a student protest against Duvalier’s government that had launched a wave of terror in the region. The local authorities reacted promptly and went after the protesters. To avoid his immi-nent arrest and possible transfer to Fort-Dimanche, Guy and several other comrades had no choice but to look for refuge in the Dominican Republic by crossing the border.

Concerned about the anxiety and worries of his parents several
days later, Guy sent a messenger to let them know of his where-abouts. Guy had no intention of staying in exile for long. He joined the FRAH (Front Revolutio-nary Haitian Army) that was plan-ning at the time a military invasion to overthrow Duvalier. On June 28, 1964, Guy was among the com-mando that had left the Dominican Republic by sea, heading towards the southwest of Haiti.

Their objective was to disembark in that region well known by the majority of the commando and to start a guerilla coup that would free the country from the madness of Duvalier who had just appointed himself president for life.


After a dangerous chase by the Dominican Cost guard that tried to capture them, the group made it to Haiti, thanks to the captain’s dexterity. Delayed by this incident and pressed by time on arrival in the Belle Anse area on June 30, the members of the commando

wanted to step ashore as soon as possible and proceeded to unload their supplies and ammunitions from the ship onto a canoe despite the inclement weather conditions. One historical account reports that, during this operation, Guy Luchessi and a comrade nick-named “Chien Mechant” lost their lives when the tidal waves overpowered them and they fell into the sea with a good load of ammu-nition. Guy’s guerilla cap was found ashore a few days later.

The testimony provided by Guy’s sister, Mrs. Jeanne Lucchesi, indicates that several survivors of the incident related to her that Duvalier’s macoutes started to fire heavily at the boat before it was even near the shore. The captain of the ship decided to turn around and in the process in rough sea with high waves Guy lost control of the radio equipment that fell overboard. Because he was in charge of communication, Guy
dove into the water to retrieve the materials. One of his friend dove
after him to help him out, but the ship continued to veer and both divers were caught by the propel-lers and were decapitated. They were the only two casualties of this incident.

Guy is remembered by his com-rades as commandant Luchessi who gained much respect for his handicapped arm that he did not consider an obstacle. Guy’s sister, Jeanne, remembers that Guy dreamt of becoming a lawyer!

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April 26, 1963.
Juanita Clermont Marrat, daughter of Colonel Clermont, was kidnapped from her house by a death squad comprised of Macoute and military personnel. She was dragged in the middle of the night to her father residence and was forced, under the gun to scream for help. Colonel Clermont ran out of the house to her rescue, only to find himself trapped by those merciless thugs. The colonel's house was invaded and searched. Mrs Juanita Clermont, was dragged out the house and apprehended by the squad along with her grandson, Jean Marc Lilavois, who was spending the night with his grand-parents. Colonel Clermont, his wife Juanita Jimenez, his daughter Juanita Clermont Marrat, and his grand son Jean Marc Lilavois were never to be seen again.
 
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