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.