PIERRE PART – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded 116 veterans from Assumption Parish with the Louisiana Veterans’ Honor Medal at American Legion Post 328 in Pierre Part. Governor Jindal was joined by Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary Lane Carson and Brigadier General Glenn Curtis, Director of the Joint Staff for the Louisiana National Guard, to award the state’s veterans with a special medal in honor of their service in the Armed Forces.
Governor Jindal said, “These courageous men and women put their lives on the line to protect us and our freedom. The honor medals demonstrate our respect and gratitude for everything our veterans have done to defend our country and our way of life.”
Governor Jindal signed legislation in 2008 to create the Veterans’ Honor Medal Program in order to recognize and honor all of Louisiana’s veterans. The program is managed by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans’ Honor Medal is gold-plated and comes with a blue ribbon. One side shows the state of Louisiana with “United States” embossed above and “Armed Forces” below.
The other side bears the words, “Louisiana appreciates your service to our country.” Veterans who sustained a wound in battle will receive an honor medal designated by a silver star and a purple ribbon. Families of veterans who were killed in action will receive an honor medal designated by a gold star and a gold ribbon.
While awarding the medals, Governor Jindal told stories of medal recipients to highlight the heroic acts of Louisiana’s veterans. Calvin Joseph Mabile was born and raised in Pierre Part. Mabile enlisted in the Army after he graduated from high school because he wanted to serve his country and follow in his father’s footsteps – who had served in the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
During the Vietnam War, Mabile maintained and repaired communication equipment on helicopters. He would often take flights to ensure that the equipment functioned properly. Mabile remembers being under fire on a daily basis while testing the equipment.
After completing his first tour, Mabile was given the option to return home, but chose instead to go on a second tour. After he finished his second tour, Mabile was honorably discharged and he returned to Pierre Part. On his first day home he met Bonnie Breaux, whom he eventually married.
Mabile worked as an electrician with Agrico/Mosaic for 31 years. He and his wife raised four children. One of their sons, Jonas, served as a U.S. Marine in the Global War on Terror. He unfortunately passed away due to illness.
In addition to his own medal, Mabile accepted medals for his father and brother. His wife accepted a medal on behalf of her father. Both Calvin and Bonnie accepted a medal on behalf of their son Jonas.