|Birth: ||Jan. 7, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 2009|
Who was dad?
Dad was much more and did more in his life than people would imagine. If someone wrote his biography, readers would think it was fantasy. More than anything, dad was a passionate catholic, a romantic husband, father of four, grandfather of seven, brother, son, soldier and a friend to many. You could trust your life to him. He was also an angel with a mischievous streak. He was a man, yet a child when it came to new things and technology. He loved people, loved to talk, admired people's successes and was always gentleman.
He and his precious and extremely beautiful bride, Della, loved to dance and danced so well that I've seen people clear the floor just to watch them dance and applaud afterward. He said there were 2 kinds of whiskey: love'n whiskey and fight'n whiskey. He could tell a story that would enthrall audiences bringing them into and through fantasies and realities of history. He could play music and any instrument that he chose to learn and he mastered many. The music came from his heart. He was also an artist and writer, though most of his letters were war time letters of passion to his bride.
He was born and reared in Metairie, LA to one of the first families of that region and had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, all beautiful people. At the age of 17 he served in WWII, got out, quickly became a young executive at the American Can Company, reentered the military after a bad marriage with a woman that ran away with a pastor. He then served in the Korean War, and Vietnam War. He met his new bride and the true love of his life at Barksdale AFB. She was a volunteer teaching Square Dancing and was/is an extremely intelligent person with a tender heart and powerful spirit. Hidden and intertwined in all this was his experience as a martial artist, a world class pistol shooter and team captain for the Air Force, his courier service for the military including a couple of near death experiences, expertise in photography, photogrammetry, cartography, mathematics, and his advanced surveying. After military retirement, he went on to engineer roadways and bridges for Louisiana. Many of those people he worked with had no clue about who he was or his colorful background.
Most of dad's friends and acquaintances have long since passed on and experiences paid a toll on his strong body. Yet, he was talking with his precious bride, his angel, moments before he passed away. Mom was concerned that dad had quit talking, walked into the room where dad sat in his chair and saw dad sitting their more peacefully than normal, with a smile across his handsome face. What was he thinking as he died. Oh God, how we miss him so much and how I ache to see my mother's pain. My dad loved you God, so please watch over him and his precious bride, our mother.
Posted by: Martin Chartier - Grand Prairie, TX - Son Jun 20, 2011
Paul E Jr Chartier, "United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"
Name: Paul E Jr Chartier
Name (Original): CHARTIER PAUL E JR
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 25 Jan 1945
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place: Cp Chaffee, Ft Smith, Arkansas, United States
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1927
Education Level: 4 years of high school
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: No branch assignment
Army Component: Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)
Source Reference: Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer
Serial Number: 18152765
Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 02853.7
CPL - Corporal (E-4) US Army World War II.
MSGT - Master Sergeant (E7) is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above technical sergeant and below senior master sergeant. It is abbreviated as "MSgt." Advancement to master sergeant is one of the most significant promotions within the enlisted Air Force. World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veteran.
National Gravesite Locator
CHARTIER, PAUL EARL JR
MSGT US AIR FORCE
CPL US ARMY
A3C US AIR FORCE
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/07/1927
DATE OF DEATH: 04/26/2009
BURIED AT: SECTION 4 SITE 88
NORTHWEST LOUISIANA VETERANS CEMETERY
7970 MIKE CLARK ROAD KEITHVILLE, LA 71047
Paul E Chartier (1871 - 1963)
CPL US ARMY
US AIR FORCE
WWII KO VN
Note: GPS +32.26674,-93.93276
Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
Plot: Section 4, grave 88 (4 88)
GPS (lat/lon): 32.26674, -93.93276
Maintained by: JB BERRY
Originally Created by: Vickie Kleinsasser
Record added: May 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37667744