space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From Our Readers
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Redbirds Wins Playoff Matchup Over Pulaski
* Bonus Fall Turkey Harvest Tags On-Sale Saturday, August 17th
* WIAA Board Approves 2020 8-Player Football Alignment
* Lindsley Shades Kravlovetz in Norway Speedway Feature Race
* Marinette Shutsdown Shawano With Tenth Inning Double Play

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Vietnam Vet Louis Gamelin Gets Hero's Welcome Home

Issue Date: May 31, 2018

Vietnam War Veteran Louis Gamelin, of W1728 Cleveland Ave., Marinette and 91 other veterans on Old Glory Honor Flight 45 got a huge hero's welcome home when their plane landed at the Appleton International Airport on Wednesday, May 23. Gamelin was thrilled to find many members of his own family among the hundreds waiting to welcome them, and to celebrate his safe return from Vietnam 44 years ago.

Like other veterans on the 44 previous tours, they had been treated royally on their trip to our nation's capital in Washington, DC.spent the day spending the day visiting monuments and sightseeing in Washington, D.C.

Old Glory Honor Flight is an all volunteer organization dedicated to serving war veterans of northeast WI. Since its start in 2009, its mission has been to offer World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans from northeast Wisconsin a memorable, safe and rewarding tour of honor to our nation's Capital, and they have been carrying out that mission very well indeed.

Aboard Honor Flight 45 with Gamelin were two World War II veterans, Five Korean War Veterans and 85 Vietnam Veterans.

On the trip, each veteran has a guardian to make life easier for the veteran they are assigned to serve. He enjoyed his day in the company of his guardian, Jamie Kuhn, a detective for Oconto Falls Police Department. Gamelin said he and Kuhn met at a parking lot in Oconto, then drove together to Appleton for the 6 a.m. flight to Washington.

Upon arriving at the Washington airport they were met by a police escort that accompanied them throughout the day. They visited numerous monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, the Korean Monument, the Marine Corps Monument and the Vietnam Wall. They were at Arlington Cemetery for Changing of the Guard. They drove past the White House but did not go inside.

"It was a pretty packed day. To save time, box lunches with Arby's sandwiches were served to them aboard the busses while they traveled from site to site.

There was mail call during the flight back to Wisconsin, and the veterans were given cards and letters sent to them from folks back home. Gamelin's granddaughter, Willow, daughter of Chassie and Matt Olsen of Crivitz, is a 4K student at Crivitz Elementary School. His mail call "booty" included hand drawn pictures from every student in her class. He was impressed that they can't write letters yet, but they all drew pictures. He had visited the class on Tuesday, May 29, to thank them for their pictures. He said he shook their hands, and spent perhaps a quarter of an hour with them, talking about his experiences and showing photos of the Navy ship he had served on. "They were all excited," he said.

Before becoming an assistant physical therapist Chassie had worked for 14 years at New Care in Crivitz and nearly all the current residents of New Care sent him letters for mail call, thanking him for his service, as did a friend one of his daughters had gone to school with.

When their plane got back to Appleton at about 8:30 p.m. the welcoming crowd was hidden behind a large curtain. After being met by greeters and listening to some closing speeches, the curtain opened and everyone was there, along with a band to make things even more festive. After visiting and sharing tales of the day's adventures, it was time for the drive home.

Gamelin had waited nearly three years for this trip. He is not a member of any veteran's organizations, and had learned about the program from a woman who worked at Tri County Credit Union. She told him her brother had gone on an Old Glory Honor flight and suggested he should apply. She gave him an application form and he sent it in, but there was no response. That was in 2015. The next year he applied again, and again there was no response.

From the start, priority for space on Old Glory Honor Flights went first to World War II veterans, then Korean veterans and then Vietnam veterans, provided there was still room.

This year people from the Old Glory Honor Flight organization called with the news that his turn had come, if he still wanted to go. He did, and he's very happy that he went.

"I want to thank the Old Glory Honor Flight committee for everything they did to make our day memorable!" Gamelin declared.

Gamelin graduated from Marinette High School in June of 1970. The draft was still going on and with his A-1 draft rating, he knew he would be called, so he joined the Navy. He said being drafted to the Army meant only a 2-year hitch, while Navy enlistment was for four years, but he felt being in the Navy would be safer and better.

He entered the Navy in September of 1970. He was in service from 1970 to 1974, and served on the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation. He worked catapults launching jets on the flight deck. "That was quite the experience," he commented.

His four years in the Navy included two partial tours of duty in Vietnam, for which he got the Vietnam Service Medal twice. He said normally each tour of duty lasted six months but he actually served only two partial tours.

The Constellation was already in Vietnam when he got orders to join it. He flew to the Philippines, then after a couple of weeks they put him on a supply ship that was supposed to rendezvous with his ship, but that didn't happen. Then they helicoptered him to another ship, and then finally helicoptered him to the carrier. They landed at night, because of the dangers of a daylight landing.

The carrier would be in South Vietnam for a couple of weeks, then go to North Vietnam for another month or so, then back to port to get supplies and go back north again.

When he was on deck in a battle area he would launch strikes every hour.

His second 6-month tour of duty was shortened because his enlistment ended. While he was there, however, their ship got the Presidential Unit Citation Medal.

Then it was back to the States and civilian life in 1974. He and the former Julie St. Peter were married in January of 1976, and they have been married for 42 years. He worked at Waupaca Foundry a couple years, then got laid off and went to work for the City of Marinette Parks Department for six to eight months. The foundry needed workers again, and offered him a raise to come back. He did that, for about a year, and then was hired by Scott Paper Company, where he worked for 19 years, until they downsized in 1998. Then it was back to Waupaca Foundry for a year and a half, and then to L E. Jones for for 14 years, until he retired in 2013.

Gamelin said he still enjoys good health, and runs every other day, which he's been doing for about 30 years.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-15-2019Front Page
BPM, Inc. Advances Plans For Water Resource Recovery Facility

08-15-2019Front Page
Pelkin's Piggly Wiggly Is Robbed Saturday

08-15-2019Front Page
Michigan Judge Hears Evidence On Back 40 Mine Permit Appeals

08-15-2019Front Page
Town Seeks Legislator Help On Camp Five Culvert Issues

08-15-2019Front Page
Couple is Lena Dairy Fest Parade Grand Marshals

08-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Set For Sept. 9

08-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Family Packet Pick-Up is Aug. 22-23

08-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire & Rescue Picnic was Great Success

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Town Committees Meet, Supervisor Solway Resigns

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Suicide Awareness Training Aug. 17, 20

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Historical Society to Visit Land of Oz Museum

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Fall Conference at Crivitz Sept. 21st

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman/Pound Lioness Club Receives $1000 Grant

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
9th Dogleg Open Golf Outing for MS

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
Oconto Historical 10th Cemetery Walk Sept. 17-19

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
Chute Pond Snomo Club Raises Funds for Trail Repair

08-15-2019Sports
Redbirds Wins Playoff Matchup Over Pulaski

08-15-2019Sports
Bonus Fall Turkey Harvest Tags On-Sale Saturday, August 17th

08-15-2019Sports
WIAA Board Approves 2020 8-Player Football Alignment

08-15-2019Sports
Lindsley Shades Kravlovetz in Norway Speedway Feature Race

08-15-2019Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-15-2019Perspectives
From My Window

08-15-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-15-2019Obituaries
Patricia Aderman

08-15-2019Obituaries
Charles T. Aucutt

08-15-2019Obituaries
Gloria A. Blankschien

08-15-2019Obituaries
Mary A. Brasure

08-15-2019Obituaries
Patrick E. Caebe

08-15-2019Obituaries
Carol L. Engles-Welzien

08-15-2019Obituaries
Pearl Erdman

08-15-2019Obituaries
Gary G. Hasenfus

08-15-2019Obituaries
Michele Heller

08-15-2019Obituaries
Linda M. Hemminger

08-15-2019Obituaries
Connor R. Kellogg

08-15-2019Obituaries
John W. Klescewski

08-15-2019Obituaries
James J. Lasley

08-15-2019Obituaries
Carol A. Montour

08-15-2019Obituaries
Max F. Osmanski

08-15-2019Obituaries
Henry C. Porras III

08-15-2019Obituaries
Richard A. Race

08-15-2019Obituaries
Tyler J. Seid

08-15-2019Obituaries
Beverly S. Smith 

08-15-2019Obituaries
Dennis L. Strojny

08-15-2019Obituaries
Daniel Votava

08-08-2019


08-08-2019Front Page
Peshtigo Okays Dismissal Of Parks And Rec Director

08-08-2019Front Page
Strong Thunder Storm Rips Through Peshtigo

08-08-2019Front Page
Speakers Scold Mayor For Personnel Handling

08-08-2019Front Page
Peshtigo Sets 5-Year Plan For Street Improvements

08-08-2019Front Page
Ryan Philipps Charged With Attempted Murder

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
SC Auxiliary Finalizes Aug. 10 Picnic Plans

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
Packerland Broadband Ruran Internet Now Astrea

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
Under Ice Beaver Trapping Demo Aug. 8

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Sept. 9th

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
Northwoods Apostolic Fall Town Hall Tour

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Youth Football Registration Aug. 12

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
U.S. News Ranks 5th Hospital in State

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
Friends of Crivitz Airport Get Together

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
CCBA Sell-A-Bration in Coleman Sept. 21

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
Snapshot Day for Aquatic Invasive Species

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
Six Performances of "Sister Act" at Oconto Falls

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
List Winners of Coleman Fire Department Picnic

08-08-2019Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-08-2019Perspectives
From My Window

08-08-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-08-2019Sports
Marinette Shutsdown Shawano With Tenth Inning Double Play

08-08-2019Sports
Peshtigo Middle School Lists Fall Sports Practices

08-08-2019Sports
M&M Stingrays Compete at State Swim Meet

08-08-2019Sports
Football Practice Launches Fall Sport Seasons Preparations

08-08-2019Obituaries
Lucille L. Coppens

08-08-2019Obituaries
Lois Dudkiewicz

08-08-2019Obituaries
Doris Evrard

08-08-2019Obituaries
Fred C. Fleischfresser

08-08-2019Obituaries
James B. Fredrickson

08-08-2019Obituaries
Warren A. Grenier

08-08-2019Obituaries
Laura E. Huffman

08-08-2019Obituaries
Marlene A. Jagiello

08-08-2019Obituaries
Margaret Neilio

08-08-2019Obituaries
Ruth A. Paulsen  

08-08-2019Obituaries
Nicholas J. Racsek

08-08-2019Obituaries
Jerome A. Rouse

08-08-2019Obituaries
Zachary D. Rusch

08-08-2019Obituaries
Arthur Schmittinger

08-08-2019Obituaries
Donald M. Tenarvitz

08-08-2019Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Tickler

08-08-2019Obituaries
Wayne W. Wosnick

07-31-2019Front Page


07-31-2019Front Page
County Agrees to Keep ATV/UTV Routes Open

07-31-2019Front Page
County Board Takes No Action On Twin Bridge Beach

07-31-2019Front Page
Plea Agreement In Pembine Homicide

07-31-2019Front Page
Jane Kopish Sequin Candidate for Judge

07-31-2019Sports
Legion State Tourney Ends Early For Marinette Post 39

07-31-2019Sports
Lena's 1st Dirt City Duel Has Successful Weekend

07-31-2019Sports
MCC/STAA 15th Annual Softball Game Aug. 3

07-31-2019Sports
Lindsley Strikes Again, Wrangles Norway Speedway Late Model Win

07-31-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Fall Festival Planning Meeting Aug. 1

07-31-2019Community - Wausaukee
WHS Activity Code Aug. 5th

07-31-2019Community - Wausaukee
Matriarchs To Lunch at Luigi's

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
Many Citizens Help Search for Missing Prop

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
Missionaries to Speak at Crivitz Bible Fellowship

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
Faith Sponsors Driving Course

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
CAWC Make More Donations

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
CCBA Sell-A-Bration in Coleman Sept. 21

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman Flag Football Sign-ups on Aug. 7th

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman Has Mexican Store

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
Ongoing Research of Purple Martins at Oconto

07-31-2019Perspectives
From My Window

07-31-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-31-2019Obituaries
Susan L. Atwood

07-31-2019Obituaries
Daniel L. Gottschalk

07-31-2019Obituaries
 William Guffey

07-31-2019Obituaries
Ann L. Huffman

07-31-2019Obituaries
Robert F. Jandt

07-31-2019Obituaries
William Kremer

07-31-2019Obituaries
Robyn L. LaValley

07-31-2019Obituaries
Sandra Noack

07-31-2019Obituaries
Sasha Orzel

07-31-2019Obituaries
Michael Pichette

07-31-2019Obituaries
Ann M. Schwarz

07-31-2019Obituaries
Barbara A. Seefeldt

07-31-2019Obituaries
Carol M. Thoney

07-31-2019Obituaries
Kimberly A. Wingers

07-31-2019Obituaries
Joan R. Woelfel

07-30-2019Obituaries
Thomas E. Audit   

07-30-2019Obituaries
Clifford R. Cosson

07-30-2019Obituaries
Bess J. Desjardin

07-30-2019Obituaries
Virginia M. Garrigan

07-30-2019Obituaries
Wayron Ginn

07-30-2019Obituaries
Mary T. Hofer

07-30-2019Obituaries
Everett Hurst 

07-30-2019Obituaries
Bertil K. Johnson

07-30-2019Obituaries
Donald C. Kloida

07-30-2019Obituaries
Charles LaCoy

07-30-2019Obituaries
Walter T. Lahay

07-30-2019Obituaries
Leo L. Lemery

07-30-2019Obituaries
William Mulzer    

07-30-2019Obituaries
Stephen Potier

07-30-2019Obituaries
Roger W. Reese 

07-30-2019Obituaries
Ronald R. Roskams

07-30-2019Obituaries
Joyce M. Seewald

07-30-2019Obituaries
Mildred M. Surk

07-30-2019Obituaries
Bonnie J. Theisen

07-30-2019Obituaries
Susan A. Thomas

07-30-2019Obituaries
Gerald V. Thull

07-30-2019Obituaries
Daniel Votava

07-30-2019Obituaries
Dale F. Welch

07-30-2019Obituaries
Barb L. Wendland

07-30-2019Obituaries
Nicholas S. Witt

07-30-2019Obituaries
Joseph Wysocki

07-25-2019Front Page



space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the Green Bay Packers will have a successful season with their new head coach?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2019
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites