The Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation remembers the service of the 167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment, a National Guard unit of the 42nd “Rainbow” Division of World War I. Through a memorial in France, educational programs and literature on World War I, it promotes the memory of American involvement in World War I and, more specifically, the Alabama contribution.
The Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation was formed in 2005 for the purpose of establishing a World War I Memorial to the 42nd “Rainbow” Division on the site of the Battle of Croix Rouge Farm in Fère-en-Tardenois, close to Château-Thierry. The Foundation especially honors one of the “Rainbow” Division’s regiments, the Alabama 167th, which distinguished itself on this battlefield.
The memorial to the Rainbow Division, a ten foot bronze sculpture of an American soldier carrying a dead comrade, has been erected in this battlefield, on grounds that have remained unchanged since the days of the battle. The foundation purchased what remained of the fortified farmhouse of the Croix Rouge and some of the land where the battle took place. Ownership of the memorial and its hallowed ground have since been transferred to the city of Fère-en-Tardenois. The remainder of the land is now owned by the adjoining Croix Blanche Farm.
J. Christopher Flowers of New York City is kinsman of a Purple Heart veteran of the 167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment in World War I. That officer had the unique distinction of being on the heights of the Ourcq and at the Côte de Châtillon in a position senior to two soldiers when they won their Congressional Medals of Honor. Flowers is a 1979 graduate of Harvard with a magna cum laude degree in Applied Mathematics. He became partner in charge of the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs. In 1998 he founded J. C. Flowers & Co., an investment firm specializing in financial institutions. Its funds have committed capital totaling more than $10 Billion.
Nimrod T. Frazer is the son of a World War I veteran(Rainbow Division, 167th Infantry Regiment, D Company) who received a Purple Heart for wounds received at the Battle of Croix Rouge Farm. Frazer is a Silver Star veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of the Harvard Business School and a member of the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. He is the author of Rainbow Soldiers, a history of the 167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment. A founder and benefactor of the Foundation, he serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation
Peter C. Mullaney is secretary of the board of directors of the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation, and is an attorney and Managing Director of The Graham Private Client Law Group, P.C. He is a 1989 graduate of Wesleyan University and a 1996 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Monique Brouillet Seefried, Ph.D. was born in Tunisia and grew up in Austria, Italy and France before moving to Germany and finally to the US in 1977. After classical (Latin/Greek) secondary education, she did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris from which she holds her Ph.D. in History. Monique Seefried worked in education for 40 years and also in the archaeological and museum world. Involved in civic activities and serving on many boards and board committees, nationally and internationally she was chairman of the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors from 2003 to 2009. In 2005 the French government made her a “chevalier” in the Order of the Academic Palms, and in 2009 in the Order of Merit. She now serves as president of the board of directors of the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation. On June 6, 2014, Monique Seefried was appointed member to the World War I Centennial Commission by the Speaker of the House John Boehner, and in 2015, decorated as a Chevalier of France’s highest order of distinction, the Legion of Honor (Legion d’Honneur) for her long career in education and her work on commemorating the sacrifices of American soldiers in France during World War I.
Ownership of the 42nd Rainbow Division Memorial and the hallowed ground it stands upon were officially transferred by the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation to the city of Fère-en-Tardenois on November 10, 2012.
The deed reads:
The Memorial of the 42nd Division US commemorates the 162 soldiers from Alabama and their Iowa comrades who died on the battle field of the Croix Rouge Farm as well as all the soldiers of the Rainbow Division who gave their life for France during the Great War.
This Memorial was erected by the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation, Montgomery, Alabama and is now being donated to the city of Fère-en-Tardenois so that this bronze soldier who carries the body of his dead comrade remains forever the witness of the sacrifice made by young Americans on July 26, 1918, that it remains for future generations a symbol of French-American friendship and a call for peace among nations.
The city of Fère-en-Tardenois accepts this gift with gratitude in memory of those sacrifices and of the important role played by the 42nd Division in liberating the city.
Fère-en-Tardenois, November 10, 2012
Nimrod T. Frazer, Monique B. Seefried, Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation
Jean-Paul Roseleux, Mayor of Fère-en-Tardenois