Gervis Paul Martel is the son of Etienne Martel (b. 6/6/1885 to d. 1/14/1970) and Clementine Savoy (b. 8/19/1889 to d. 10/6/1936). He first married Ellinor Fontenot on October 3, 1931. She is the daughter of David Fontenot (10/1/1898 to 4/1973) and Anna Savoy (b. 3/2/1899 to d. 5/1981)
Gervis and Ellinor only child is Wilda Anna Martel, b. 4/23/1935.
He married Mary L. Naquin, divorced from Murphy J. Miller, on June 19, 1948. They had 3 children.
Prior to his marriages, he served in World War II in the U.S. Navy from October 9, 1942 to September 11, 1945. He was Honorably discharged as 1st Class Petty Officer, Carpenter's Mate. In served in the Pacific Fleet on the USS Carina, an AK74.
The ship was commissioned on 6 November 1942. Her Captain was Lt Commander J.I. MacPherson, USNR. She sailed "out of San Francisco 14 December 1942 laden with cargo for Espirito Santo and Guadalcanal. Here she discharged cargo between 23 January 1943 and 4 February, bringing invaluable support to the last phases of the bitter campaign for that island. ...On 3 March, while unloading in Talagi Harbor, she underwent two air attacks. Several near misses were scored, spraying the ship with shrapnel and wounding six of her crew.
Repaired at Espiritu Santo, Carina resumed her cargo runs until 30 May 1943, when she arrived in Australia for engine repairs and to replenish at Townsville, Sydney, and Melbourne.
On 4 May [1945 she] fell victim to a Japanese suicide boat. The ramming produced a violent explosion on her port side, knocking out one of the boilers, and flooding one hold. Six of Carina's crew were injured. Skillful damage control saved both Carina and her cargo, and she was able to complete unloading before clearing for repairs at Ulithi. She returned to the United States for overhaul in July, and on 16 October 1945 was decommissioned at Suisun Bay, Calif., and delivered to the War Shipping Administration.
Carina received three battle stars for World War II service.
-----Obiturary from Eunice News, 7/31/1994---
Funeral services will be held at Ardoin's Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m., Monday, August 1, for Gervis Paul Martel, 82, with burial following in Pierce Savoy Cemetery.
Mr. Martel, a resident of Seffner, Florida, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 1994, at a V.A. hospital in Tampa, Florida, after a long illness.
Mr. Martel was an installation supervisor for Allied Stores.
Survivors include his step-son Murphy Miller, Jr. of Alachua, Florida; two daughters, Miss Wilda Anna of Ft. Myers, Florida, and Mrs. Sandra Roger of Tampa, Florida; one brother, Veillon Martel of Eunice; and two grandchildren.
Ardoin's Funeral Home of Eunice is in charge of local arrangements.
Gravesite Details First wife is Ellinor Fontenot, b. 2/11/1916 d. 12/20/1937, daughter of David Fontenot & Anna Savoy
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