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Militaires d'Haiti. (ca.1795 to 1995).

Prepared & maintained by Emmanuel Ardouin & Frankie Morone.

The historic pictures were obtained by Frankie Morone on various websites. The others are courtesy of Professor Ernst & his son Bob Danache, Grégoire Dadompré, Francky Jn. Baptiste, Edouard Boucicaut & Jean-Pierre Cloutier. Anyone who wants to contribute to this album can send pictures jpeg format to: pikliz@pikliz.com. Prepared and maintained by Manny Ardouin: eardouin@hotmail.com

Narration by Frankie Morone.

The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) is the most successful slave rebellions in the Western Hemisphere. It established Haiti as a free country ruled by blacks and mulattoes. At the time of the revolution, Haiti was known as Saint-Domingue the most prosperous colony of France. That is why it was called " La perle des antilles". Through the revolution, people of African ancestry (mostly) freed themselves from French colonization and from slavery. Although several rebellions took place during that era, only the revolt at Saint-Domingue, beginning in Aug.1791, succeeded in permanently liberating an entire island. Twenty years earlier Vincent Ogé and Jn Baptiste Chavannes tried to fight for certain rights for the slaves; they failed and paid a hefty price.

The Battle of Vertières, took place on November 18, 1803. It was fought between the Haitian army led by Jean - Jacques Dessalines and the French colonial army under the command of Rochambeau. The new nation of Haiti had an army in the real sense of the word.

It was until the American Occupation (1915-1934) that the Marines under the order of the US Government created a different type of Haitian Army. That "Haitian army" was probably one of the surest and staunchest allies of the United States in Haiti . At the beginning it did some police work. The Haitian army was always able to deliver a coup d’état with the tacit and sometimes overt or covert approval of the US. Presidents Lescot & Estime were overthrown by the army.

Almost everyone would agree that the army has had a difficult history in Haiti and sometimes a negative impact on the country’s political process.

François Duvalier himself was afraid of that army. He knew that he could easily be forced into exile by that same army who ten years earlier forced Estime out. This is unquestionably why he created the VSN and the Tontons Macoutes a paramilitary force that would be able to face that army in an eventual coup d' etat attempt. He also had executed many officers in the army in the early 1960’s. He believed that they were potential coup d’état organizers. Several of these officers were of courses innocent. He acted irrationally and hastily. One also has to remember the position of Juan Bosh (the Dominican president vis a vis him.) They were bitter enemies.

Then later Prosper Avril, Henry Namphy left their marks on the army. No need to elaborate on that.

In 1991, Aristide was forced out. The army under General Raoul Cédras overthrew him in coup d' etat. Few years later,under pressure from the US (President Clinton), General Raoul Cedras and his acolytes had to leave Haiti in order for the duly elected president Aristide to return. It was then that Aristide gave the "coup de grace" to the army by dismantling it. (Again not the devil advocate that is understandable)

The role of an army is to protect the territorial integrity of a country, its people as well as its economy.

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  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 months ago
    Jean - Rene Boucicaut, General de Brigade, Chef d'Etat Major F.A.D.H. 1961
    Félicitations!
  • Chantal Paret (Private)
    5 years ago
    Some officers,  1948
    My Father was Colonel Pierre Paret, and I believe he would have been part of this class with Cantave, Kebreau, Magloire, etc.  The picture is hard to see, but if anyone could confirm that, it would be much appreciated. or if there are any other pictures?  Most of the pictures were lost when my Father fled to the Dominican Republic, and we were then in hiding in 1963.
    Chantal Paret Antoine

    • Natasha (Private)
      3 months ago
      My grandpa, affectionately named "Papou" would have also been part of this promotion. His name was Fabius Eribert his daughter was Jacqueline Eribert she was the goddaughter of President Paul Magloire. Like Magloire, my grandfather was also from Cap-Haitien. If you have any information and or pictures of him please post and forward them to me. Thank you.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    4 months ago
    Military Academy (1956-57)
    Monsieur Serge COicou etait entrain de lire ce message ... 
    Si vous voulez le contacter # 46173248
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    6 months ago
    Diplomes de l' academie militaire, 1971
    My respect to my classmate Julio Valbrun. We were together at Lycee Toussaint Louverture, along with his brother Patrick. Julio had that sense of leadership as a student. No wonder he became a wonderful FADH officer.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 years 9 months ago
    Col Lacrete, Col Dadompré, Col Acedius St. Louis.
    Allo Ace, C'est Arnel Mardy Jeuis de passage a'  Miami.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      9 months ago
      kite mele boudam 
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    11 months ago
    General avril
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year ago
    Col, Gesner Bruno
    PA gen moun sa yo anko
  • Matildita (Private)
    6 years 5 months ago
    Col Dadompré., Col Acedius St. Louis, Col Oberne Azor, Gen Abraham.
    ON ne peut s'empecher d'admirer ces 3 militaires : Du colonel ACEDIUS SAINT LOUIS: on retiendra son apport dans le sport !
    Du General ABRAHAM : Sa sagesse proverbiale et sa courtoisie Du COLONEL CHRISTOPHE DARDOMPRE : Sa stature de militaire .son professionnalisme ,son amour du pays et son nom qui evoque un ''GARDES A VOUS " !
    • Louis (Private)
      1 year ago
      I voudrais contacter Col Dadompre, mon voisin en Haiti.
      ON ne peut s'empecher d'admirer ces 3 militaires : Du colonel ACEDIUS SAINT LOUIS: on retiendra son apport dans le sport !
      Du General ABRAHAM : Sa sagesse proverbiale et sa courtoisie Du COLONEL CHRISTOPHE DARDOMPRE : Sa stature de militaire .son professionnalisme ,son amour du pays et son nom qui evoque un ''GARDES A VOUS " !
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 5 months ago

      ON ne peut s'empecher d'admirer ces 3 militaires : Du colonel ACEDIUS SAINT LOUIS: on retiendra son apport dans le sport !
      Du General ABRAHAM : Sa sagesse proverbiale et sa courtoisie Du COLONEL CHRISTOPHE DARDOMPRE : Sa stature de militaire .son professionnalisme ,son amour du pays et son nom qui evoque un ''GARDES A VOUS " !
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 years 11 months ago
      Pour le colonel St. Louis, quell sport en particulier? La coupe du monde de 1975, c'etait pas lui mais le Gen. Claude Raymond Dardompre a ete lui, et pendant longtemps, le commandant de la 48eme compagnie, sorte de corps de "surveille et raporte".
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        3 years 10 months ago
        Cet Officier egalement, Acedius Saint-Louis, a fait partie de la Selection Nationale Haitienne de Volley-Ball en 1966 et en sorti vivant d'un accident d'avion qui l'amenait au lieu de concentration pour ce Tournoi International...
        • (Anonymously) (Private)
          3 years 10 months ago
          Enfin Acedius Saint-Louis avant sa mise a la retraite au Grade de General a dote Haiti du plus Grand Centre Sportif Prive  HENFRASA: avec une section de Foot-Ball, de Volley-Ball, de Tennis, d'Equitation, de Body building, d'Athletisme, de Karate, de Judo et d'Halterophilie....et qui avait heberge plus de 1500 Familles a la suite du Seisme de Janvier 2010;;; 
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        3 years 10 months ago
        Gen.Raymond a effectivement ete celui qui s'etait battu pour obtenir le Siege de la CONCACAF qualificative de la Coupe du Monde 74 en Allemagne mais il revient effectivement au Gen. Saint-Louis son remplacant a la FHF qui a su motiver sa troupe, gagner la Concacaf en face du Mexique et conduire la Selection Nationale Haitienne en Coupe du monde. Haiti avant eux n'a jamais ete en Coupe du monde et 4 decennies après Haiti attend encore sans espoir.... 
  • 1 year ago
    1, Col Dadompre, 3.
    Col Christophe Dadompre was my neighbor in Port-au-Price, Haiti. I am the fils-aine of Eugene Jean-Louis, and would like to contact him.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 2 months ago
    Cadet Reynold Desnoyers
    Salut Reynold, je vois ta photo sur l'internet et je suis heureuse de vous revoir, cela fait longtemps que j'ai laissé Haiti. Je suis heureuse de voir votre photo sur l'internet "mon bel oiseau de l''Île. Cela me fait plaisir de vous voir comme si c'était hier.
    j'aimerais avoir de tes nouvelles.

    Ton ex amie de l'air 
    Volande
      
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year 2 months ago
      Hi Desnoyers, sak pase? mwen se yon ancient sergent nan aviation
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 2 months ago
    Diplomes de l' academie militaire, 1971
    Guy-Max Menard, my Father-in-Law (Decede, le 17 Juillet 2011)
    *Clarisse Vincent
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 2 months ago
    CPT Reynold Desnoyers
    My Uncle
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 3 months ago
    F.A.D.H. Officers 1950's
    Could the last officer to the extreme right with the sunglasses be ABEL JEROME ? 
  • cocottedepine (Private)
    7 years 3 months ago
    18 Nov. 1960  Revue des Forces armees d' Haiti
    .1960 is the year that I came back from Jamaica ;from boarding school.Soon I became an English instructor at College Bird and the son of Francois Duvalier ; 9 year old Jean Claude Duvalier was one of my students;so was his sister. Lizie Gabriel and Madame Eugenie Bonhomme Vilaire(my own ex teacher) worked with me briefly .The School was new and in great need of good people to work with the children. Soon early in 1961 ;I began to have very bad feeling about things to come in the future of this dictatorship and I left Haiti in 1961 to go to a USA college earlier than planned. My visions which came to pass ; soon my mother had to flee the island for fear that she would be killed by the goons of Duvalier.Many friends were killed in HAITI in 1963 and before ; some of them were my close friends and friends of my family .Some were from the capital,Petion Ville and Jeremie .My mom received some death threats and so did my bother Guy earlier.They had to leave Haiti in a hurry.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      4 years 2 months ago
      The haitian army was a weak army. Some in the army were part of the tonton macoute. Duvalier saw a weakness in the army. He used the senior officers to gain the power. Duvalier was smarter than the senior officers. After the death of Francois. The army had the opprtunity to get rid of the Duvalier regime with his son Jean Claude age 19 in power. Instead the senior officer joining the tonton macoute to terrorized the people ome more time. I am sorry to say! Duvalier had put the macoute on the army and the dunkies called the tonton macoute. I prayed god to bless the souls of oll the people that were killed by the Duvalier regimes. My the soul of Francois Duvalier rested in HELL with all his satans "THE DUNKIES THAT I REFER AS THE TONTON MACOUTE".
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        1 year 4 months ago
        It is not possible for Duvalier to be a tyrant and start killing people for no reason. When will someone comes and start talking about these young officers who were doing everything including killing people as well, abusing their military power. Those mulattoes officer didn't accept black officers among them either before Duvalier, when will someone talk about that?
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    4 years 5 months ago
    General Raoul Cedras
    Raoul Cedras, ex-militaire haitien, General et chef de gouvernement de facto, criminel sans foi ni loi, devrait etre juge et condamne pour crimes contre l'humanite.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year 4 months ago
      Cedras et Aristide ont ete deux bons amis avant le coup. Ils se sont brouilles autour de la re-integration des militaires revoques proches d'Aristide comme Danny Toussaint, Aurelus, Richard Salomon, Medard, Lubin etc. Danny et Aurelus etaient des deserteurs que normalement a leur retour ils auraient du etre menes par devant la Cour Martiale pour desertion.