The U.S. Marines would often see the girl as they emerged from the jungle, tense from their patrols, aching from their loads, sweaty and bug-bitten. She was a vision, like something from a dream: an 8-year-old blond girl sitting on the steps of a French-style villa.
The old house of Mr. Poilane in Khe Sanh village (Quảng Trị), Vietnam. The house is almost completely destroyed, leaving only part of the floor.
Poilane, Eugène (1887-1964) Herbarium Natural History Museum (BM) Collection Plant Collectors Resource Type Reference Sources Contributor Natural History Museum (BM) First name(s) Eugène Last name Poilane Initials […]
As the trees grew, so did the Poilane family. Madame Bordeauducq, Eugène’s formidable first wife, who bore him 3 children, kept her maiden name to show her independence.
Eugène Poilane first passed through what became Khe Sanh village in 1918, when it consisted of only one house, that of the engineer supervising construction of Colonial Route 9, the first metaled road to Laos.
Poilane Coffee House in Khe Sanh
The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) has 15 fungal specimens and 3 vascular plant specimens collected by Eugène Poilane. As our vascular plant collection continues to be inventoried, it is likely that more specimens collected by Poilane will be found.
Khe Sanh village existed as a result of the presence of French coffee planters. It began with EugènePoilane, a son of peasants, born at Saint-Sauveur de Landemont, France, on March 16, 1888. Poilane, by profession an “artillery worker,” arrived in South Vietnam, then the French protectorate of Cochinchina, in 1909.