Le Mere, Norman Joseph
Norman Joseph Le Mere
July 29, 1925 -
January 03, 2013
Norman Joseph Le Mere was born on July 29, 1925 in Howard, Wisconsin. His parents were Louis Mose and Regina Vervaeren Le Mere and he had two sisters and two brothers. Although his brothers, Leo and Loius LeMere Jr. are deceased, both of his sisters, Sr. Regina LeMere and Catherine Bonno, are still living today and reside in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
His ancestors were part ofthe early settlers who settled the upper Great Lakes and lived in the Duck Creek Settlement. Duck Creek was originally a Metis settlement established to meet the demands of the fur trade and provide goods and services to Fort Howard. Eventually it became a small village surrounded by farms becoming part of the city of Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin. His great, great grandmother was a full blooded Oneida Indian who married his Great, Great grandfather, a French Canadian who had migrated to the Green Bay Area from Canada.
Norman grew up on a dairy farm in the Green Bay area and at the age of 17 entered the seminary (Norbertine Abbey) thinking that he would spend his life serving the church as a Catholic Priest. But like so many others his life took an entirely different direction. Instead in 1941 he entered the military service to serve his country during very trying times as our country was at war. After basic training Norman was sent to serve in the Pacific as a Private. This was the beginning of a long and industrious military career. Norman was commissioned a Second Lt. in 1951 and at this time began a long and fascinating journey. He also served in the Korean Conflict
, two tours of duty in the Vietnam conflict and served on the Atomic Energy Commission at the Pentagon. It was during this time in the early 1960's that he was privileged to meet and work with President John F. Kennedy. Norman also served with the NATO forces in Turkey and became a Battalion Commander at Fort Hood, Texas before retiring with 33 years of dedicated service in 1979. Norman has travelled the world over and visited China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and France. He was awarded the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star
Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; World II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; American Campaign Medal; Master Parachutist Badge; Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars; Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and Vietnamese Cross Of Gallantry w/Gold Star.
Upon retiring from the military as a Colonel in 1979 he decided to settle in Central Texas. He bought a home in Harker Heights, Texas where he lived for over 30 years but moved to Killeen in 2010. Norman thought he had retired from the military to live a nice quiet life but in 1980 he was approached and asked to become the Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School. After some thought and with great apprehension he decided to take the plunge and served as the Principal of St. Joseph School for a total of six years. He retired from the school in 1989 and lived a quiet life enjoying traveling and serving as a member of the Volunteer Fire House in his community. It was also during this time that he became a Third Degree Knight as well as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Other associations he belonged to were the DAV, American Legion and the n" Airborne Division Association. He had been in past years a member of st. Paul Catholic Church, Harker Heights but at the time of his death he was a member of st. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Killeen, Texas or St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. There will be a Memorial Mass for family and friends at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Green Bay. The date to be announced at a later time. Also a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Sisters of St. Francis of Holy Cross at a later date.