Marcel M. Kerhuel

June 4, 2007

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War Veteran

MARCEL M. KERHUEL, of Reading, passed away quietly Monday, June 4th, at the Winchester Hospital. The beloved husband of the late Jeanne L. (LaFave) Kerhuel, he was eighty-seven years of age. Born in Kerlouan, France he was the son of the late Francois and Jeanneyvone (Floc’h) Kerhuel. He was educated in France and had attended the University there. Following the University, he joined the National Navy in France and was a member of the 10th division of Light Cruisers, the “Fantasque, the “LeMalin” and the “Le Terrible” which operated during winter war operations , showing the greatest qualities of courage and stamina. The Cruisers destroyed ten ships and four aircraft, sustaining only light losses themselves, in spite of a violent counterattack of the enemy on September 11, 1944, earning the commanders and crew the Crois de Guerre with Palm citation. Again on March 3rd, he was awarded the Crois de Guerre with Palm for the brilliant manner in the landing operation on the coast of Provence without hesitation to go close to shore in order to achieve the best results. Frequently they were encompassed by enemy volleys and responded with vigor . They had been attacked by three human torpedoes and had repulsed the attack with precise rapid fire, taking prisoners and destroying several of the instruments. All of these awards were presented to he and his shipmates by then President of France Charles de Gaulle.

In 1950, Marcel moved to the United States where upon, he joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean War. He remained in the Navy until 1969 and retired to Reading where he made his home.

At the request of the family services for Marcel M. Kerhuel are private. Arrangements under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.


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  1. Marcel, I will miss our visits, and our laughing at my little knowledge of French. At least I could say BonJour. Also, our enjoyment of the Red Sox, they will win for you this year. I am so glad I took your picture last month. Now Ellie and I can have it as a remembrance of you. Fondly, your friend Jane Linn

  2. Marcel will be missed by the staff at the Woburn Nursing Center. He had a great sense of humor. He was loyal to fallen comrades remembering the anniversary of his ship being hit in World War II and the men who were lost. In spite of numerous personal losses throughout his life, he never lost hope that tomorrow could be better.

    When told he was from that generation that saved the world, he was self-effacing. He was courageous receiving two Crois de Guerre with Palm from Charles de Gaulle.

    Thank you, Marcel, for your instinting service in the cause of freedom.

  3. Marcel,
    You will never be forgotten, because good friends live in our hearts forever.
    Rest in Peace,
    Viki & Family

  4. It is with much sadness that Rosemary, our daughter Lisa and I, learn of the passing of Marcel.A truly wonderful, courageous and interesting person. We all knew Marcel through the Meals Program and we all at one point delivered Meals-on-Wheels to his home. I used to make this my last stop
    so I could sit and chat with Marcel to “shoot the breeze” and share a bit of humor.
    He loved the old television shows and Westerns. He always had a picture of Audrey Hepburn on the wall and told me that when he was stationed in New York, there was a USO benefit show for the sailors on board the ship and Audrey Hepburn was there. After the show,he asked her to dance and she gladly accepted. They danced a couple of songs together on the deck of the ship!. I’d like to think that now they will once again be dancing together up in Heaven. – Jack


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