Perry Bourgeois

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Perry Bourgeois

Perry J.L. Bourgeois, 87, a native and resident of Chackbay, La. died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 24,2012 at the Southeast La. War Veterans Home in Reserve, La.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Emily Tauzin Bourgeois, one son, Michael C. Bourgeois and wife, Christine Pierron Bourgeois of Lafayette, La., four grandchildren, Benjamin M. Bourgeois of Austin, Texas, Aimee B. Luna and husband, Patrick Luna of Katy, Texas, Alicia K. Bourgeois and Alexis C. Bourgeois, both of Lafayette, La., four sisters, Myrtle Rodrigue, Houma, La.; Thelma Abadie, Gramercy, La.; Elma Allemand and brother in law , Earlis Houma, La. and Rita Mae Scioneaux, Chackbay, La. and brother in law, Francis Falgoust, Vacherie, La.

He is preceded in death by his parents Mr. Vernon L. Bourgeois and Mr. Rida and Mrs. Ada Martin Rodrigue, and brothers, Vernon L. Bourgeois and Rida Rodrigue Jr., and one sister, Velma Falgoust.

He was a member of Company E, 17th Infantry Army and served from 1943-1946 in World War II as a combat infantry and rifleman. During this time, he was involved in two significant ground combat battles at the Battle of Okinawa in Japan and the Battle of Leyte in the Philippines.

He is a recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, The Philippine Liberation Ribbon and a Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, two Bronze Stars and numerous other meritorious citations and medals for these campaigns and service during his enlistment period. One Bronze Star was with a "V" for Valor, accompanied by a Presidential Citation for "personal heroism in combat action against hostile enemy forces on May 8, 1945 on the island of Okinawa, Rukayu Island. It was here while under intense military machine gun fire, while seeking help for several of his fellow seriously wounded soldiers, he covered a wounded soldier with his own body sustaining wounds in the process. For his selfless act of courage, his actions saved the lives of three seriously wounded men on that day."

He was a member of the "Military Order of the Purple Heart", The Disabled American Veterans, The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He retired in 1979 from Exxon Company, USA, now known as ExxonMobil Production Company, with 31 years of service as an Instrument Technician. His service began in 1948 as a Roughneck and Derrickman with Humble Oil & Refining Company on Rig 39. He served as a Liquid Propane Gas Inspector for the State of Louisiana Department of Transportation for ten years subsequent to his retirement from Exxon. He was also a founder and lifetime charter member of "The Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department."

Thibodaux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2012
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