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MOPH Chapter 177

Cpl. Joseph Fontenot Plaque Presentation

Shoulder to Shoulder with Gov. Jindal
VA Monthly Site Inspections Ordered - Hospital, Clinics and Mental Health Facilities
Letter from Secretary of Veterans Affairs David LaCerte
Patriot of the Year - Richard O'Brien
MOPH Chapter 177 Fun Raising - October, 2013
Veterans Health Care & Veterans Benefits Briefings 25 Oct 2013
Legislative Endeavor "Purple Heart Recognition Day"
Burial Allowances Available to Veterans
Purple Heart Day Aug. 7, 2013
Kenilworth 4th of July Parade.
Why Are Veterans Waiting Years on Appeal?:
The Purple Heartbeat Newsletter for June 2013
Claims Backlog Begins to Shrink
Presentation - First Responder Award
MOPH Award
Cpl. Joseph Fontenot Plaque Presentation
2014 Cost of Living Adjustment
VA Claims Backlog Milestone
Senate Passes COLA for Vets
Veterans Cemetery Ceremony at Camp Villere 12/05/12
2012 Guide to Constitutional Amendments
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Purple Heart Day
Stolen Valor Act
Homestead Exemption for Spouse
Hero Poster
Governor Jindal Announces New Legislative Proposals
Sequestration Cuts
Vietnam Veterans and Their Families
OPM: Reservists can not be denied
Schedule a Burial and Benefits
Port Hudson Dedication
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
Patriot of the Year
History of the Purple Heart
MOPH 177 Roster
The Training Course for Filing for Benefits from National
VA Benefits - State and Federal
Laws Concerning Veteran Benefits
Photos of Events

Patriots - On Wednesday Feb. 20th, 2013, MOPH will make a plaque presentation to the two sisters of Patriot Joseph Fontenot .  Patriot Fontenot was the MIA from the Korean War that was brought home last year. Senator Vitter asked that MOPH recognize this hero. The ceremony will take place at Vitters office at 1:30 PM. All patriots are invited. If you require additional information place contact Commander Jarreau.
Rick O'Brien


Joseph William "J.W." Fontenot passed away on June 28, 1951 while in the hands of the opposing forces in Korea at the age of 20. At the time of his death, he was a native and a resident of Whitehall, Louisiana and was serving our country. Joseph was assigned to the Army's Company L, 3rd Battalion, 38th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Louis, Washington receiving the rank of Corporal. Before entering service, Joseph's occupation was a strawberry farmer along with his father on the family farm in Whitehall, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at Ourso Funeral Home, 13533 Airline Hwy., Gonzales, Louisiana on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. We will resume on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. until religious services at 10:00 a.m. conducted by Rev. Michael Ziegler and Chaplain Douglas Yoder. Burial will follow at Whitehall Community Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Army which he loved. Corporal Joseph William "J.W." Fontenot is survived by two sisters and one brother-in-law, Barbara Fontenot Noel and Melonie Fontenot Picou and Ronald Picou all of Gonzales, Louisiana. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Corporal Fontenot's parents and three sisters and six brothers all passed away without knowing that their son and brother will finally come home to his place of rest. It has been 61 years of not knowing where he was and if his body would ever be located. Corporal Fontenot's parents were Lucien Ameluse and Annie Josephine Delatte Fontenot. His deceased siblings are sisters, Eronie Marie Rousseau, Rosalie Reine, and Eloise Caro; and brothers, Francis "Put", Joseph "Half Pint", Thomas "Tom Cat", Carter, Jimmy and Hubert Fontenot. The family of Corporal Fontenot would like to thank all of the branches of our Armed Forces and anyone who assisted in their untiring search and discovery of our brother. They also would like to encourage other families to continue to pray that their loved ones missing in action will come home. To offer condolences to the family you may visit our website at Ourso Funeral Home, 13533 Airline Hwy., Gonzales, Louisiana, 70737 in charge of arrangements.