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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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  • John (Private)
    8 years 8 months ago
    Henry Perpignand.
    I dont get it, the guy was an invader, the guadians reply to his fires and he got kill, So what. He is'nt any hero
    • Richard (Private)
      3 months ago
      I can see you never been in the Military; your understanding on that mater is very light ; just innocent... 

    • 7 years 2 months ago
      He was not an invader? Haiti was his beloved country and he wanted it to be better. The president was stealing from the country and basically destroying it.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      8 years 8 months ago
      So what. He was fighting a dictator. And what. Get it.
    • Pimandou (Private)
      8 years 8 months ago
      John, he may not be a hero to you but he is to others. Unfortunately he was overwhelmed. Had he succeeded in overthrowing Duvalier, perhaps the country would not be in that situation.
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        6 years 8 months ago
        thanks for the insight this is a very important man in the history of our Country my father always talk to me about him.  Leon Cantave is my father' uncle many of his brothers continued on serving the dictatorial government of Duvalier look what become of the country.
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        7 years 5 months ago
        BRAVO Pimandou Tell him to go look at will see the list of people Duvalier got killed  
        Riquet tried to free us ,he was a hero all right...Today is 29 of July 50 years ago

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 11 months ago
    CPT Reynold Desnoyers
    My Uncle
    • 3 months ago
      Hello, I think it's my uncle too. my father's name was RENÉ DESNOYERS, he took me to his house a cape aysian a few times.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 3 months ago
    Henry Perpignand.
    Does he have family in the USA
    • 6 months ago
      Yes, most of his children, grand children, and great-grand children are in New York.  Others are in Haiti.  Some live in other parts of the US - Florida, California, etc.  Why do you ask?
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 1 month ago
    Le Président Francois Duvalier
    ... tous ennemis du peuple haïtien!
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year 1 month ago
      Sent by Ray Laforest
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 5 months ago
    This is colonel Erick Lamour my ex-brother in law
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 5 months ago
    Prince Mainville-Joseph Soulouque (Soulouque nephew) --- Prince Alexandre Jean-Joseph (Soulouque brother)
    we need to do better 
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 5 months ago
    Prince Mainville-Joseph Soulouque (Soulouque nephew) --- Prince Alexandre Jean-Joseph (Soulouque brother)
    the bloodline is still here (FJ) 
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 7 months ago
    General Raoul Cedras
    I would like to see my grand father picture in uniform please.i will be very thankful he searved the Haitians army in 1944 or 45 not to sure. His nane IS ANTOINE COICOU. thank you
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 11 months ago
    Jean - Rene Boucicaut, General de Brigade, Chef d'Etat Major F.A.D.H. 1961
  • Chantal Paret (Private)
    6 years 9 months 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)
      1 year 11 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)
    2 years 1 month ago
    Military Academy (1956-57)
    Monsieur Serge COicou etait entrain de lire ce message ... 
    Si vous voulez le contacter # 46173248
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 3 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)
    5 years 5 months ago
    Col Lacrete, Col Dadompré, Col Acedius St. Louis.
    Allo Ace, C'est Arnel Mardy Jeuis de passage a'  Miami.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      2 years 5 months ago
      kite mele boudam 
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 8 months ago
    General avril
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    2 years 9 months ago
    Col, Gesner Bruno
    PA gen moun sa yo anko