Alcide Foret, 90, a member of the greatest generation, departed life at 11:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. He was a native of Raceland and a resident of Thibodaux.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral time Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Thibodaux. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Thibodaux.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marcia Dobson Foret; daughter, Kathy Mire and husband, Rodney; grandchildren, Donovan Mire and Erika Mire Rodrigue and husband, B.J.; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Angelle and Alexandra Mire and Brayson, Ean, and Kinsley Rodrigue; sisters, Martha Bourgeois Grabert, Flossie Martin and husband, Abraham, Louella Matherne and husband, Daniel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samson and Alida Guidry Foret.
He was a member of the 146th Combat Engineers during World War II
and served as a heavy weapons non-commissioned officer. He supervised the activities of .30 and .50 caliber machine gun crews selecting positions for the weapons and directing their use. He was among the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy. He fought for the liberation of France for six months to the day when he was hit by snipers during the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a recipient of the Purple Heart
, European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with three battle stars, Good Conduct Medal and Distinguished Unit Medal.
He served several terms as Commander of V.F.W
. Post No. 5097 and was Commander of the Third District in 1960.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested in his name to
or St. Joseph Hospice Foundation.
Landry's Funeral Home in Thibodaux is in charge of arrangements.