Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Goodbye MSG Pat Daigle, RIP

I was a 19 year old kid and ended up at the 2nd division field station. I was a bit of a rebel and so was Pat, that's why they shipped him out to there. A really total scoundrel. He was a lot older than the rest of us. Taught me a lot about life.

He could charm the honey out of a rock.

Pat spent 1969 at AFVN Nha-Trang.  I ran into him in Korea in 1976

We had our own two quonet hut compound on Camp Casey. The one star would come over most every week to cook gumbo with Pat and be able to drink beer, without it being a federal case.

The AFKN CO that we had would periodically come out to bother us. One time he came out to the Division, looking strac. He was all but arrested at the gate, brought to the General who dressed him down for being an officer wearing Class As in the division area. We never saw the Colonel again. Somehow I've always believed Pat was involved in that one.

We drank too much, partied too hard and had a helluva time.

We got back to the world, I went to horrible FT Devens Mass and Pat to be the DINFOS SGM at Ft Harrison. I'd call sometimes and we'd shoot the bull. I was getting ready to ETS and wanted to blow off all my leave, they wouldn't let me until my replacement actually arrived. Almost everyone got out of their orders to Devens.

"Pat, I need a favor. Please get a 71r sent here."

"I'll get two"

Pat sent the two of them. The one that was originally scheduled to arrive did. One more appeared totally out of nowhere. I was replaced by four people. Pat retired somewhere in that time frame (1980??) Thanks Pat.

MSG Patrick R. Daigle, U.S. Army (Retired) age 74 of LaVernia, a graduate of Louisiana State University and Vietnam Veteran passed away September 19, 2010. He had over 20 years of distinguished military service, loved his country, LSU football, his family, and close friends. Born in Alaska and raised in Louisiana he was preceded in death by his parents, Alton & Eva (Lejeune) Daigle, Sr.; brother-in-law, Jim Puckett; sister-in-law, Carol Daigle and father-in-law, Walter Miller. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathy Daigle; brothers, Alton Daigle, Charles Daigle, Dale Daigle; sister, Mildred Puckett; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and good friends, Tim Richardson, Perry Bullard, Preston Cluff and Judge Jim Burdette. A strong proponent of animal rights he loved his family pets and is survived by his beloved German Shepherds, Hondo and Harley, and family cats, Moe, Blue and Skeeter. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at www.finchfuneralchapels.com.

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