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Obituaries > FOURNIER, JOSEPH A. L.

Lt. Joseph Fournier, USMC, one of the five sons of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fournier of 58 Fourth Street, Auburn, was killed in action on Sept. 19 [1944] in the Philippine Islands, according to word received here this weekend. Lt. Fournier’s wife, the former Miss Lilah Peterson of Seattle, Wash., and baby daughter, Joline, are making their home on the West Coast.

Lt. Fournier had received several citations and medals, including the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit and the Navy-Marine Corps Medal. Before entering the service three years ago he was employed at the Quoddy Bay project. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in April, 1941, served with a commando unit. He received his training in England and then trained men himself in California. He had been in the South Pacific area for about 18 months.

Surviving are his wife and baby daughter, his parents, four brothers, Pvt. Gilbert D., stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga., P. O. 2-c Romeo P., USN, 1st Lt. Charles Aime, a fighter pilot in France, and Henry P., USN stationed at Sampson, N.Y., five sisters, Mrs. Laurianne Paquette, Mrs. Priscilla Bilodeau, Misses Theresa, Germaine and Juliette, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emery Gastonguay.

Henry just arrived home Wednesday from Sampson, did not know of his brother’s death until he arrived in Lewiston.

Historian’s note: Lt. Fournier was KIA on Peleliu.