Rene Thibault passed away on 12 January, 2011 as a result of follow-on surgery after having suffered a heart attack in September of 2010. He was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran belonging to the Blackstone Valley Detachment 911 and the Charles A. Rice American Legion Post 33 of Uxbridge, MA. His services included a Marine Honor Guard. Rene's ribbons were proudly displayed by him during his services. He was interred on the 17th, with Taps being played at this service. So long as the notice is posted, you can find his online obituary posted here:
Good Bye Rene...You will be missed. Rene was responsible for this web sites involvement in establishing sections relating to Attu...as well as other follow-up locations.
|1. Attu Aleut Village, Chichagof Harbor Pre-1942 Japanese Invasion Photo.|
|2. This is the Marine Area on Attu in 1946. I've added labels to identify some of the more well-known places there. To compare the area as seen in 1946 to 1945, click HERE.|
3. Attu's South
Barracks, 1946. Rene Thibault's bunk was under the middle window on the
4. The 28th of May,
1946, 2nd Squad's Squad Room, Top Side, South Barracks. From left to
right: Rick Shwery, Ed Robnett, Bob Stone, Charles Pizzotti, J.R."Frenchy"
Thibault, Kober Seippel. Standing behind stove: Bill Thornberg. In bunk on
the right: "Buzz" Sawyer. There's a doorway behind the stove pipe, behind
the rifles, that goes into another similar squad room.
|5. The Marine Brig, Attu, 1946. Interior view. Chances are if you were in the Navy (or Marines) and had a little too much kickapoo joy juice to drink, you would end up here!|
6. J. Rene "Frenchy"
Thibault standing by the door of the Guard Shack, Attu, 1946.
7. So, what's going
on here? Seems like it's Rene Thibault, on Attu...but what has happened to
the building? Ah, a little tomfoolery by HLS's graphics artist, Nadine
Smith. The building photo was shot in 1995, while Rene's photo was from
1946! See photo #29 above for a view of the building (and Rene) in 1946.
|8. Attu, May-June 1995. Close-in view of Marine Guard Shack, rear view, wall removed. Looks like a water heater. Photo by J. Flynn, provided by Rene.|
|9. Attu, February 1946. Left to right: Thornberg, Velasco, and Jones. Jones passed away in November of 1998.|
|10. Taken on Attu around July of 1946. Kober Seippel on the left, Rene (me) on the right. For a short story of a long friendship, click here.|
|11. Mr. Kober Seippel is shown on the left, and that's me, Rene (Frenchy) Thibault. Taken on Camp Pendleton in August of 1996.|
12. Three folks who
shared the "Attu" experience get together for the first time since 1946.
Rene "Frenchy" Thibault on the left, Edwin Robnett in the middle, and
Charles Pizzotti on the right.
Last Updated: 04 January, 2013 14:02