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VOLUME 1, JANUARY 11, 2005
LEO NADEAU:It is with a heavy heart that I find myself speaking of the passing of Leo Nadeau to the members of the Torrington Memorial Detachment 1142 of the Marine Corps League.Leo Nadeau was a friend to all and will always remain a member of the Torrington Memorial Detachment 1142 in the heart and mind of its memberÕs.His service as Sgt at Arms and his personal input at our meetings as an officer of this Detachment was outstanding and through these efforts as Commandant of this Detachment at that time, I awarded him the Individual Merit Commendation Award.When out of no where this voice came, ÒI would love to be your Chaplain if you will have me.Ó As we turned to the sound of the voice, there stood Leo Nadeau, our new Chaplain.This was at our meeting on October 11, 2005, and on December 15, 2005 Leo Nadeau had a calling from a much higher level then this Detachment and he excepted that calling as he did the calling of this Detachment that he loved dearly.As I look back to when we were struggling to put this Detachment together, and for four months on the second Tuesday the same eight people would gather in a small dimly lit room just of the bar at the Knights of Columbus.We needed 20 new members who had never belonged to a Marine Corps League organization to form a charter.At that last meeting after seeing the same eight faces I stood up and asked, ÒDo you people want a Marine Corps League Detachment here in Torrington?Ó And a voice that I have become to recognize spoke out, ÒI have been trying to get a Detachment up and running for the past ten years, you just canÕt seem to get the people in Torrington to do anything.Ó I turned to Leo Nadeau and stated, ÒIs that so Leo, do you want a Marine Detachment here in Torrington.Ó His reply was, ÒYes I do, but the people here in Torrington are funny.Ó My response to him was, I want it also, and since you want it, I am going to get it for you.Ó I than turned to Bill Cardou, the Department of Connecticut Representative of the Marine Corps League and stated, Òyou be here next month with the papers for the charter and I will have the membership needed to petition for a charter.ÓWhen it was time to nominate officers, Leo Nadeau nominated me as Commandant.He put his trust in me and I told him that I would never fail him or the members of this Detachment.There were some rough times; we had our charter in Jeopardy a couple of times.I needed someone to give me some guidance that had a clear head, I turned to Leo Nadeau.It turned out to be a good choice, we build a relationship, we had a lot of discussions and we were very truthful with each other.It was always a pleasure to go to Leo and PatriciaÕs home and visit.They were very out going and lovable people to be with, and made a perfect couple. Leo Nadeau was the inspiration that gave me the driving force to get the membership to form the Torrington Memorial Detachment 1142.This Detachment in all reality belongs to him; he is truly the Commandant of the Torrington Memorial Detachment 1142, even though he was never elected as such.He is in a place where he can watch over us all, and it is our duty to protect this Detachment at all cost, so that it will be here in this Community long after you and I have gone to join Leo Nadeau.We had members from Hardware City Detachment of New Britain, Brass City Detachment of Waterbury that joined Torrington Memorial Detachment in Marine Corps League uniform to do a prayer service at Leo NadeauÕs wake.The following day there was a Mass held at St Francis Church, there was three pall bearers from the Northwest Detachment 042 of Canaan, Ct. and three pall bearers from the Torrington Memorial Detachment 1142, all were in full dress blues.Since there was no one directly representing the Torrington Memorial Detachment in Marine Corps League uniform and I could not carry a casket due to both of my arms being in bad condition I choose to wear the Marine Corps League uniform which is proper for such an occasion.I said good bye at the wake and mass to a dear friend in a manner in which I felt was proper under said conditions. ÒLeo Nadeau, I will miss you dearly, you have left a warm spot in my heart and sole that I will always carry in your memory.Ó