| I was born on June 5, 1957 at the Châteauroux Air Station (CAS) Base Hospital. CAS (formerly the Châteauroux Air Depot) was located just northeast of Déols, and was operational as a U.S. Air Force installation from 1951 through 1967 (it is now the Marcel Dassault Airport of Châteauroux-Déols). I have no memories of Châteauroux-Déols to speak of, only a handful of tiny photographs taken by my parents with a Polaroid and an old Kodak "Brownie." I hope these pages can serve as "virtual memories" for anyone, like me, who can rightfully call Châteauroux/Déols their "hometown," but do not know much about it or even what it looks like.|
Déols is linked to Châteauroux by the bridge over the river Indre. Déols is much older than Châteauroux. First a Gallo-Roman town, it was one of the earliest Christian centers in the province of Berry. In 917, Ebbes le Noble, one of the Princes of Déols, founded an important benedictine Abbey (painting at left). Its influence lasted until the XVIth century, but it was ravaged by the Huguenots and secularized in 1622, then almost completely demolished during the XIXth century. Only the magnificent romanesque bell tower remains, which is the symbol of the town and the pride of local people. NEXT PAGE ...