WW II veteran remembered for service, community legacy

WW II veteran remembered for service, community legacy

Ray Salvadore Marcello Sr. left this world the same way he lived it, embracing his family and his love of country. Marcello died Thursday at the age of 96. A World War II veteran, Marcello dedicated his life to his family, his community, his faith and his country, his family said. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until a funeral service at noon Monday at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales. Burial will follow in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, No. 2. A true gentleman from America’s Greatest Generation, Marcello was a friend to all and spent many years as a furniture salesman, veteran’s advocate, father, grandfather and friend in the Houma community, said those who knew him. “He was a great man, and I say that because it’s the truth first of all. We as a family and this whole community was fortunate Ray was in our lives. He was a teacher to us until the day he died,” his son-in-law Danny Babin said. 1/3 Hide caption Ray Marcello Sr. Born in Terrebonne Parish, Marcello attended St. Francis de Sales Boys School before starting at LSU in 1940. He was drafted into the U.S. Air Corps in March 1943 and served until 1945 in the 390th Bomb Group 8 AF as a waist gunner. Marcello spent almost a year of that time as a prisoner of war in a German prison camp after his plane was shot down. The then 22-year-old man was 83 pounds when he and 6,000 other prisoners were forced to evacuate the camp on foot in February 1945. For nearly 90 days, Marcello and the other prisoners marched an estimated 600 miles in what is now called the “Death March” until they were liberated by American and British troops. “Anyone of lesser […]

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