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Cote of arms

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013


Bertrand Cote poses with his custom-made flag, which commemorates his five brothers, himself and three brothers-in-law that served in the military during World War II. Cote designed the flag in order to honor his siblings, as well as his parents. (Photo by Emily Bruns)


ROCHELLE—Many years ago, Bertrand Cote was a 23-year-old man serving under General Patton’s command and was among the first group of American troops to enter Berlin. Today at 91 he lives in Rochelle, where he grew up with his parents, Alma and Phillip Cote, as well as nine brothers and seven sisters.

In addition to the two years worth of adventures that Cote endured during his war travels, his five brothers, Alcid, Luke, Roger, Johnny, Robert and also brothers in law, Patrick “Pat” McNichols, Cliff Anthenat and Eddie Kirchner served in all four branches of the armed forces during that tumultuous time in history.



For the complete article see the 04-04-2013 issue.

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