"France has discovered Lafayette
in this age only because America never forgot him"
This article reports that the Marquis de Lafayette (Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, 1757-1834), who seemed heaven-sent when he appeared in Philadelphia in order to aid the Americans in their revolt against the British, had been largely forgotten by the French in the Twentieth Century. Indeed, the French were baffled to hear his name invoked as often as it was during the period of America's participation in the World War One.
It was said that during the Great War, some disgruntled wit in the American Army woke up one morning in the trenches and grumbled: "Alright, we paid Lafayette back; now what other Frog son-of-a-bitch do we owe?"