Joseph D,. Gaquin
Palm Bay, FL
Joseph D,. Gaquin, age 91, Command Sergeant Major, U. S. Army (retired) died Friday, June 13 2014_at his son's home in Leesburg, VA. CSM Gaquin was born in Revere, Massachusetts, on 19 August 1922, the son of Joseph D. and Marguerite E. (O'Neill) Gaquin. He came to Brevard County following retirement in 1977 as the Command Sergeant Major, U. S. Army Administration Center, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheila K. Gaquin, Deer Harbor, WA; son, Kevin D. Gaquin, Alexandria, VA, son, Brian J. Gaquin, Leesburg, VA; brother, John H. Gaquin, Whitman, MA, sister, Marjorie T. Busheme, San Antonio, TX, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
CSM Gaquin served in the U. S. military for over 32 years. Among his awards were the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with cluster, and the U. S. Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters.
He was a member of the Association of the U. S. Army; The Non-Commissioned Officers Association; Armed Forces Top Enlisted Association; Post 117, American Legion; Voiture 1621, La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Cheveaux; Post 7119, Veterans of Foreign Wars; AMVETS Post 34; Vietnam Veterans of America; Loyal Order of Moose, and several philanthropic organizations.
The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation, 4676 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL, 32935, in memory of Ella.
There will be a service with Military Honors Friday, July 11th at noon at the Fountainhead Funeral Chapel followed by entombment in Fountainhead Memorial Park. Fountainhead Funeral Home, www.fountainheadfuneralhome.com is in charge of services.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on July 11, 2014