Henry Jolivet was born in France in 1921 to Maxine and Henrietta Jolivet. He was the couple’s only child. The family immigrated to America in 1927. By 1930, the family was living in Teaneck (then known as West Englewood) on 43 Stuyvesant Road. Henry went to Teaneck High School, but only for a year before he dropped out to work at a sugar refinery.
While his father helped the war effort as a merchant marine, Henry took another route. Around June of 1941, Henry, stirred by his French roots, joined the Free French forces (an offshoot of the Foreign Legion) and by the end of 1942, he was in the hills of England training with them. The free French forces took part in the British-controlled military operations in Libya and Egypt, as well as Syria and Lebanon. Later in the war, they helped fight in Italy and Germany, and most importantly, liberate France. Sadly Henry died during the war, but the date and whereabouts of his death are unknown to the library.
- December 16, 1942
- Old Vets and Boy Students fight together in hope of makeing France free again - by Wes Gallaghes. Gloversville and Johnstown, NY, Herald, Friday, December 18, 1942
- 1930 United States Federal Census about Henry Jolivet
- 1940 United States Federal Census about Henri Jolivet
- Maxime Jolivet (father) in the U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
- Henriette B. Jolivet (mother) in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Life Claim)