James L. Trudeau

Lieutenant Colonel James L. Trudeau USMC (Retired) age 82, passed away on January 23, 2021.  He was born February 10, 1938 in New York, NY and raised in Windsor CT.  Jim was a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School class of 1956. After graduation he postponed his admission to Brown University to answer the call of duty, enlisting in the United States Marine Corp.

He continued his USMC journey in Quantico, VA, at Officer Candidate School from 2 October until 15 December 1961, receiving a commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He completed the Basic School (Quantico) 27 June 1962. 

Later he was assigned to 3rd Marine Division arriving in Vietnam in 1967 going directly to Con Thien where he was the company commander of “M” Company. He was seriously wounded 22 September 1967, medivaced receiving his first Purple Heart. He rejoined 3/9 as S-4 in late November, then was reassigned as CO of “I” Company in 1968.  On 13 January 1968 his company was ambushed between the Rockpile and Ca Lu.  On February 15, 1968, he was WIA for the third time and was medivaced out again.  After rejoining 3/9 in April 1968, he was ordered out of the country, subsequently, finishing his overseas tour. During this tour he received numerous awards including the Bronze Star with Combat “V”, three Purple Hearts, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, Vietnam Service medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation. He had a stellar career retiring from the Corp in 1981.

He would go on to do many things, one of the most memorable was his time as Deputy Commandant of Cadets at SUNY Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, NY.

James is survived by his wife, Barbara Rocchina Cardillo; children, Doreen (Mike) Tedeschi of MI; Dawn Malin of Darien, GA; Hope Calderon (Ryan Meyers) of Ormond Beach, FL; Frank Trudeau (Bettina Grand) of Miami, FL; grandchildren ,Daniele (Luke Miljour), Michael and Frank (Lauren)Tedeschi; Alexis and Douglas Malin; Dylan, Catalina and Christopher Trudeau; and six great-grandchildren; brother, Peter (Linda) Trudeau; and sister, Karen (Danny) Driscoll.

The family received visitors on Tuesday, February 9, at Shepard Roberson Funeral Home, Folkston. Rosary was lead by Butch Crews.

Lt Col. Trudeau will be laid to rest with Military Honors at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on February 10, at 2:30 p.m., 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

{Please note that social distancing and mask are required at the service}

The family invites guest to the home following the service for a “Celebration of the Colonel’s Life”, 162 Martin Street, Folkston. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Charlton County Public Library, 1291 Indian Trail, Folkston, GA 31537  (912) 496-2041 

Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.

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