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Riley Fields

I’ve been searching for Riley Fields for many
years, and thanks to the Orleans American
School Former Students Facebook group,
I found it. At least, the general location of where
it used to be. Thank you, everyone.

Riley Fields was named after my father
Captain James D. Riley who died in the terrible
crash in Olivet in 1958. The troops were on their way to Lebanon when the accident occurred in the early morning hours of July 17. The accident shocked and saddened the tight-knit military community as well as their French neighbors and co-workers.

On May 30th 1959, the American Youth Activities of the Orleans Area Command dedicated their recently completely Little League Baseball Fields as a memorial to him for his devotion to organizing and coaching baseball. The fields were constructed in such a manner that the home plate of each of the four fields face the memorial adorned with a bronze plaque and flanked by the French and American flags.

It appears that Riley Fields has disappeared and no one knows what happened to it.

If you have any information about Riley Fields or the crash in Olivet that you would like to share, please contact me.

                                                                     Elizabeth Riley

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