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CCWO5 Mervin LeBlanc (Ret)

To the Waters family my sincere condolences. Geneva, I’m sure you will remember me after I tell my story. I met LTC Bill Waters at Camp Beauregard during an annual training period when I was the Command Sergeant Major of the 769th Engineer Battalion. He was Commander of the 2223rd Engineer Battalion attending its annual training period at the same time period. He would come into our headquarters from time to time always stopping to have a few words with me when he was leaving. The last day he told me that he would see if he could have me transferred to his headquarters, and I told him I was perfectly satisfied where I was. He gave me that little grin he had and a look like he knew something I didn’t know. Well by the next year when annual training period came around he was Commander of the 769th Engr Bn and I was his CSM, I thought a match made in heaven. I respected him, learned from him and the experience made me a better soldier. It was a mutual respect, and we made a good team, not only in uniform but as Professor Waters and “Coon” LeBlanc. When he was mad you knew it, when he was proud it showed, when he was happy everyone shared it. I not only respected him, but loved him as well - you couldn’t help it. Now I am sad, God bless you Bill Waters for sharing my life.
Monday May 28, 2018 at 12:00 am
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