Honoring three generations of American Legion members

COLEMAN – Jack Brazeau is the father of Richard Brazeau and grandfather of Scott Brazeau. Jack joined the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday. He was called to active duty on July 14, 1953 and completed basic training in Great Lakes, IL in September 1953. He was then transferred to the USS Midway CVA 41 Gitmo Cuba. Their ship was called to join Task Force 77 operating in Formosa Straits off the coast of China. Just before his 21st birthday, Jack returned home to marry his sweetheart Juriene Durocher. In October 1980 he was recalled back to active duty in the US Navy Recruiting Command. Jack completed 18 years active and 9 years in the reserves. He has been a continuous member of the American Legion Post 280 for 63 years. 

Richard enlisted in the US Navy under the US Naval Construction Battalion, better known as the Seabees. He completed basic training in Great Lakes, IL and “A” school in Port Hueneme, CA.. He was then transferred to Naval Construction Battalion 25 where he served time in San Diego, CA, Gulfport, MS, Hawaii and Rota Spain. During his time in the Seabees he was involved in numerous projects serving next to the U.S. Marines. Richard served from 1986 to 1992 when he returned to Coleman and married his wife Carrie and together they have 5 children. Richard enlisted in 1998 into the Naval Reserved until 2003. Richard has been a member of the American Legion for 34 years. 

Scott graduated from Coleman High School in the class of 2023. Scott’s dream was to join the Army when an accident in school cut four fingers off past the first knuckle. Devastating blow for Scott did not stop him. Through sheer determination and hard work Scott was accepted in the US Army proving he can do the job. On Nov. 7, 2023, Scott went to Basic Combat Training in Fort Benning, now known as Fort Moore, Georgia. Basic was 22 weeks and Scott graduated as an Infantryman. Scott will be serving in Fort Drum, NY as a part of the 10th Mountain Division. The 10th Mountain Division is a light Infantry Unit that specializes in mountainous terrain and cold weather temperatures. The American Legion is proud to have 3 generations of the Brazeau men a part of our organization.


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