ALLAGASH – Patrick Albert Jalbert, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in St. John Plantation, as a result of a head-on collision. He was born in 1923, in St. Francis, the fourth of 11 children to Samuel and Delia (Jandreau) Jalbert. Patrick was a retired Maine guide with many years of experience as a skilled whitewater canoeist. He was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Patrick at 18 was the first of the four Jalbert brothers to enlist in the military. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, became a good enough reason for Patrick to sign-up for duty. He left St. Francis in the summer of 1942, only to return in 1945, after the Japanese surrender. Patrick’s experiences along the Allagash River and its wilderness served him well as he crawled and dodged his way in battle landings of several South Pacific Islands. As the U.S. began to gain a foothold in the Japanese-held islands, Jalbert shared death and destruction with his comrades. He was one of the survivors of the Betio Pier landing on Tarawa in November 1943. Later he saw action as an aerial gunner from the tail section of dive bombers. Wartime flying took Patrick throughout the following islands: Solomons, Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas and Guam. He was stationed on Makin, Majuro, Kwajalein, Eniwetox, Saipan and Tinian. Jalbert received the following citations and medals: the Navy Cross, which was presented to him by President Harry S. Truman; the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct, Sharp Shooter and the Presidential Unit Citation. Patrick re-enlisted in the Korean War and served briefly. He is survived by his three children: daughter, Denise of New York City and two sons, Mitchell of Oregon and Ernest “Ernie” of East Hartford, Conn.; brothers, Maynard of Presque Isle, Ray of Fort Kent and George of Wallagrass; and by sisters, Gloria McGreal of Portland and Elizabeth Pecoraro of Fort Kent. He was predeceased by a son, Rene; brothers, Earl, Irvin, Philip and Rex; and a sister, Lorraine Rhodes. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Visiting hours with Patrick’s family and friends will be held 8 a.m. until time of the funeral at Daigle & Nadeau Funeral Home, Fort Kent. Spring interment will be at Caribou Veterans Cemetery, Caribou. Those who wish to make a donation in Patrick’s memory may give to their charity of preference.
PATRICK ALBERT JALBERT
Posted Feb. 21, 2010, at 7:09 p.m.