Lt. Col. Harold Milton Chadick, Sr., U.S. Army, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Milton Chadick, Sr., U.S. Army (retired), age 89, passed away on April 26, 2014. He was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from Byrd High School in 1941. Mr. Chadick was a longtime resident of Biloxi, where he settled in 1967.
His career in the U.S. Army began in 1942. He enlisted as a Private and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He participated in the World War II campaigns to liberate New Guinea and the Philippines. After World War II ended he returned to Louisiana, and entered Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He graduated in 1948, with a degree in Business Administration; and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve.
At the onset of the Korean War he was recalled to active service, and posted to duty in Germany with the 2nd Armored Division 1951-1954. He remained in the Army thereafter, retiring in 1970, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with a total of 24 years of active duty military service. Some of his other notable assignments during his military career included being an advisor to the Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War in 1968; serving as an infantry company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division; staff officer duty at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Paris, France; and his final assignment teaching ROTC as Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. His highest awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Senior Parachutist Wings.
After military retirement in 1970 he continued public service with the State of Mississippi Employment Service. He served as an employment counselor for 15 years, eventually rising to be the deputy manager of the Biloxi office, until his second retirement in 1984. After his second retirement he continued to serve the
community as a volunteer Red Cross worker at the Keesler AFB Hospital for another 15 years.
He met the love of his life, Margie Virginia Russell, a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and they were married on June 1, 1947. He was a devout Christian, with membership in the First United Methodist Church of Biloxi, and was a longtime supporter of the Keesler Air Force Base Protestant Chapel.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Virginia Chadick; sons, William Chadick and his wife Dianna, Timothy Chadick and his wife Jeanie, and Harold Chadick, Jr., and his wife Dawn; grandsons, Joshua Chadick, Russell Chadick, and Zachary Chadick; granddaughters, Haley (Chadick) Sherman, Rachel (Chadick) Fedorczuk, Daisy Chadick, and Brooke Chadick; great-grandson, Hayden Sherman; and great-granddaughter, Allie Chadick.
He is preceded in death by his father, William R. Chadick, Sr.; his mother, Lillian (Culpepper) Chadick; and his brother, William R. Chadick, Jr.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 274 Beauvoir Road, Biloxi, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel at 12:30 p.m.
Burial will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Biloxi, 14220 Shriners Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39532.
Memories may be shared at www.riemannfamily.com
Riemann Family Funeral Home
274 Beauvoir Road Biloxi, MS 39531
Published in The Sun Herald on Apr. 28, 2014