|Death: ||Jul., 1990|
Hilaire was born in Belgium (March 1914, in Flanders, just before the Kaiser's Army invaded in August). He came over to the US in 1922. When they sent him to school, the priest said he couldn't have a name like Hilaire, so he just backed up by one more Pope and decided that his name from then on would be Leo.
He enlisted in the Army in 1936 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. In those days you went out and
back when a ship was available. When his enlistment was nearly up he was given a "short discharge" and sailed back
to the mainland. Around 1940 or 41 he was called up again because his service hadn't actually been a complete 36 months.
My mother wrote a letter to - get this - General George Marshall explaining that he shouldn't have to go back in the Army because they discharged him, after all. Amazingly, General Marshall actually wrote back AND got him out of the Army.After Pearl Harbor (my parents were married the Sunday after, Dec. 14, 1941) my father knew he would have to go in
the service, so he enlisted in the Navy for the duration. He always said, "At least I'll have a place to sleep until they shoot it out from under me."
After the war was over and he was discharged from the Navy, it was hard to get jobs so he went back in as a ship keeper
at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for another year more or less.
(From Leo's proud son Leo Meire)
Josephine T. Meire (____ - 2002)
Holy Cross Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
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Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: Oct 09, 2012
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