Couillard, Benjamin, AD3

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1946, AD-0000, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)/Naval Air Technical Services Facility (NATSF)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
3205 Montview Dr.
Chattanooga,TN

Date of Passing
Apr 15, 2017
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified


 Ribbon Bar

 

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge


 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)WW II Memorial National RegistryUSS Yorktown CV-10 Association
  1985, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, WW II Memorial National Registry [Verified]
  2016, USS Yorktown CV-10 Association [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Retired! Was a CRNA for 38 years. I enjoy keeping in touch with my shipmates (the ones that are left!) , They are the greatest guys in the world!

   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

PO3 Benjamin Coulliard 1943-1946

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria


GuamJapanKiribatiPapua New GuineaPalauMarshall IslandsPhilippinesUnited States


 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 316
 Duty Stations
USS Yorktown (CV-10)Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  1943-1945, AD-0000, USS Yorktown (CV-10)
  1945-1946, AD-0000, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)/Naval Air Technical Services Facility (NATSF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Reckless
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)WW II Memorial National RegistryUSS Yorktown CV-10 Association
  1985, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, WW II Memorial National Registry [Verified]
  2016, USS Yorktown CV-10 Association [Verified]

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Reflections on PO3 Couillard's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY?
I was 14 years old and working at the local drugstore as the delivery boy and soda jerk when I heard over the radio of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I was angry as hell, even at age 14, and wanted to join the service and get back at
Benjamin Couillard (Couillard), AD3 - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
the Japs for killing all our men at Pearl Harbor. At age 16, I was still mad and wanted to join the Marines. I had no desire to finish high school - I only wanted to do my part in repaying those who attacked us. So my mother and father lied about my age and I enlisted. I went to the recruiting office at the local post office to join the Marines, but the recruiter was out for lunch. As we started to leave, a Navy recruiter whose office was across the hall suggested we wait in his office until the Marine came back from lunch. Well, by the time the Marine returned, I was headed out the door with papers for my Mom to sign to join the Navy. At 3 p.m. I took the oath of enlistment and told the Navy Chief that I would see him in about 2 weeks. He said "What did you just get through doing?? I said "You mean the oath?" and he said "Son, You are in the Navy now and your bus leaves for San Diego at 7:30 tonight!"
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Benjamin Couillard (Couillard), AD3 - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
After 8 weeks of training in San Diego I was put on the Battleship Mississippi to go to Pearl Harbor. I initially requested Submarine school and passed all the tests-but when they looked at my transcripts and discovered that I had not yet graduated high school, I was declined. I was then sent to fire fighting school at Pearl Harbor and became a fire fighter on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, CV-10. After 2 years of being on the fire crew, I was transferred to the position of Fighter Plane Captain for the last 6 weeks of the war.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TO YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY.
Benjamin Couillard (Couillard), AD3 - If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
I was onboard the USS Yorktown from Oct. 1943 until Dec. 7, 1945. During this time we participated in many combat operations. We fought in Tarawa, Kwajalein, The Marshall Islands, the Marianas, Majuro, Truk, Saipan, Palau, Hollandia, Guam, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Chichi Jima, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Okinawa and many others.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
Benjamin Couillard (Couillard), AD3 - From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
We were under a 7 hour air attack by Japanese fighters and bombers that lasted from 4 PM - 11 PM with the Japanese dropping flares to light up the fleet at night so they could then drop bombs and make torpedo runs. I also remember vividly the two typhoons we were hit by that resulted in over 700 deaths, the sinking of 3 destroyers and the damaging of many ships. But the memory that stands out the most was on the last day of the war, when we were attacked by a Kamikaze 3 hours after the war was over. I ran along the flight deck edge, cursing at him and shaking my fist at him as we passed his flaming wreckage in the water. I also remember all the men with whom I had the pleasure to serve with, how we depended upon one another in combat and the love that remains amongst the very few of us that are left.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER? IF YOU RECEIVED ANY MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS OR QUALIFICATION BADGES FOR SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT OR VALOR, PLEASE DESCRIBE HOW THESE WERE EARNED.
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WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
Benjamin Couillard (Couillard), AD3 - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Among the many that had a lasting influence upon me was the first Captain I served under aboard the USS Yorktown. His name was Jocko Clark, a US Naval Academy graduate. He was a rugged individual often called 'the Patton of the Pacific' because he always wanted to go where the enemy was - volunteering his ship when others pulled back. He was tough but always fair, he was an enlisted man's admiral. Years later he served as CIC of Naval Forces in the Pacific. He was a man you would gladly go into battle with.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
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WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
Benjamin Couillard (Couillard), AD3 - What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
I am now retired. After leaving the service in March 1946, I met and married my Sweetie. Then I returned to finish high school and went to college and Nurses' training. I worked as an RN for 3 years then returned to Anesthesia School and worked as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for 31 years. I have 4 children which I am very proud of, 3 boys and 1 girl.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
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IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
Serving in the Navy made me aware of the need to be totally honest in life. It also taught me to be dependable and taught me how to get along with others. I also realized that continuing my education was necessary in my life. But mostly it taught me what a blessing it is to live in this Country and how much it costs to be free.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
As a newer Member, I am just now becoming acquainted with TWS. Hopefully, from the many WW2 Members on board here, I can renew old wartime relationships. Thank you for this opportunity.


Published in TWS "Voices" March 1, 2010

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