Joseph F. Drouin, QMC
[Photographs and text most graciously contributed by the family of Joseph F. Drouin - 02 May, 2008]
Joseph F. Drouin, Chief Quartermaster
U.S.S. Savage - 1955
Born: January 15, 1927 Died: April 4, 2007
HE WAS A SEA-FARING MAN. HIS EYES SQUINTED FROM HIS MANY SEA VOYAGES. HIS PIPE WARMING HIS HANDS WHILE ON WATCH…
From the “Captain Sails North” - Novel by Joseph F. Drouin
Joseph was born in New Bedford, MA. He served in the US Navy for 21 years as a Chief Quarter Master E.9 and taught at the Naval Prep School. He belonged to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Mountain View, Arkansas, a member of Lions Club International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and AMVETS.
Alvina and Joseph were married at Saint Bridget’s Catholic Church in South Boston, Massachusetts on November 13, 1949. They had 6 children.
The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark. Ready am I to go,
and my eagerness with sails full set awaits the wind. And then I shall stand
among you, seafarer among seafarers. Let not the waves of the sea separate us
now, and the years you have spent in our midst become a memory.
Alvina and children, Donna, Joe, Gordon, Kurt, Deborah, Mark
And to all your sea bound Buddy's from the U.S.S. Savage. We salute you!
Special thanks to his shipmates for the cards and letters and for remembering:
Paul P. McCarthy, Raymond Crumley and Joseph Allen.
photograph taken when Joe was 19 years old
photograph of Joe and his future wife Alvina - at their engagement party