William Fenton, probably in July of 1944 in Normandy, France. PHOTO COURTESY OF NAT FENTON

Fenton to trace father’s path across WWII Europe



BAR HARBOR — Nat Fenton will talk about his father, Major William Fenton, and his own travels across Europe tracing the path his father took during World War II, at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.

Using his father’s letters and a map of the route the 19th Army Artillery Corps took across Europe during World War II, Nat Fenton traced William Fenton’s footsteps from the beaches of Normandy across northern France into Belgium.

Nat Fenton used the letters his father wrote to his family to relive the experience advancing across Europe and liberating France from Nazi occupation. William Fenton landed in Normandy 10 days after D-Day and crossed France into Germany during the campaigns of 1944-1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre for his actions.

Nat Fenton grew up in Bar Harbor and attended Bar Harbor Elementary School, St. Mark’s School in Southboro, Mass., Bowdoin College and Cornell Law School. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1972, first in the law firm of Fenton, Chapman, Fenton, Smith and Kane until 1999, then as a sole practitioner until 2015, and then with Eaton Peabody. He is the president of Acadia Senior College and lives in Lamoine with his wife, Sugar.

Community members are invited to share their own memories from World War II and their family stories at this special event.

Though this presentation is about the experiences of veterans and their families during World War II, it is part of World War I and America, a series of programs that are supported by a grant for World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. As part of the grant, the library is working with local veterans to tell their stories. The programs are cosponsored by Acadia Senior College and the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post No. 25.

Contact Jesup Program Director Melinda Rice at [email protected] or 288-4245.