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Mr. Herman Jude Zeringue
95509 Diamondhead Drive W
Diamondhead, MS 39525-4144
Freeport/McMoRan Inc. Retired
|Member: Theta Kappa Phi, Blue Key
Awards: S-Club VP, All Conf.RE, 1947
Faculty Sportsmanship Trophy
BSME, 1950. MSME, Georgia Tech, 1951
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Updated November 16, 2009
On December 7, 1941, I was a Freshman at Southeastern Louisiana College on football scholarship. I heard the news and joined the exidous from the athletic dormitory. I was 18 years old and wanted to join the military on Monday, December 8th.
My father who had been inducted into the army in 1918, asked me to wait until I had to register for the draft on April 7, my 19th birthday. He said they were short of labor in the rice
and sugar cane fields. So I agreed knowing full well that food was as inportant as guns.
I enlisted in the Army Air Forces 3 July 1942 and separated 12 Dec. 1945. Served in Pacific Theatre Dec, 1943 to Dec. to 20 Nov. 1945.
Attained Rank of Technical Sgt., Airplane Technician. Citations: American Theatre Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal.
Served in the Air Force Reserve 13 Dec. 1945 to 12 Dec. 1948.
Luckily, I married Eileen Overbey on August 15,1948 and didn't reenlist in the Air Force Reserve so I misssed the Korean Conflict. Not so for Ed Dressel, who was called back into the service. Incidentally, I would have mentioned him as a veteran, but he is deceased.
We celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2008. Aileen was also a credit to SLI. She was awarded the Mable Lee Walton National Award for Ouststanding Soritory President; Red Jacket member, and elected to the Home Coming Court. Aquired her degree in three years, and married at 19.
|Football:|| 1946, 1947, 1948|
|Military Veteran:|| 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945|
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