Late 1943, at barely eighteen, while in Dakar, she decided to desert her parents and joined the 2° DB at Temara, in Morocco, alongside her elder sister Jacqueline.
Morocco, England, the 1944 landing, the French Campaign, the Paris and Strasbourg liberations, the Rhine passage and, finally, the entry into Berchtesgaden, Monique participated in all the "good moves" in the company of her Female marine buddies, the RFM glamour squad.
Not satisfied with this glorious saga, Monique left with the Expeditionary corps to Indochina, and was there till 1948.
Late 1948, she returned to Dakar.
Monique decided to dedicate herself to her profession of press attaché to France-Presse till 1954, when she got married to Pierre Cremieux, an industrialist and the founder and subsequently the CEO of SOCOCIM of Rufisque. Their marriage was blessed with two sons: François and Yves. The third segment of her time was devoted to her family life and the empowerment of the Senegalese woman. Monique worked for her emancipation through work by setting up tailoring and binding workshops in collaboration with Mrs. Senghor and later on Mrs. Diouf, the wives of both presidents.
Monique Crémieux died on Monday, April 26, 2010, at Dakar. She was buried in Senegal, next to the tomb of her husband.
Her years of campaign earned her the Second World War cross with three commendations and the Overseas Operations cross with one commendation. Her glorious statement of service made her a Knight of the Legion of Honour and a holder of the military medal.
Sources: Jean Dominique Merchet, Secret Défense and Lt Colonel (ER) Michel Germain.