Roland A. Chaisson passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday morning Oct. 31, 2019.
Mr. Chaisson was part of the Greatest Generation and enlisted in the Army when the United States officially entered WWII. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and a Presidential Citation with Two Oakleaf Clusters, as well as medals for service in Europe, and Africa. Mr. Chaisson also received seven Battle Stars for service in Sicily, Italy, D-Day (Omaha Beach, First Wave) Battle of the Bulge, Germany, Battle of Remagen, and the Battle of Germany. As part of the First Infantry Division, Mr. Chaisson was awarded the French Fourragere aux couleurs du ruban de la Medaille militaire and the Croix de Guerre.
Additionally, on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, Mr. Chaisson was awarded the French Legion of Honor from the Government of France for his service in helping to liberate France.
Mr. Chaisson is survived by his wife Margaret Campassi Chaisson and daughters and sons-in-law Lisa Chaisson DeFelice & Robert DeFelice; Amy Chaisson & Marlin E. Sandlin, Jr., Md.; Andree Chaisson and James Fisher III. Mr. Chaisson is also survived by granddaughters Bridget New and husband Walter New and granddaughters Margaret Selig and Lauren Selig. Margaret Campassi Chaisson (wife of the deceased) was raised in Clarksdale with her sister Evelyn Campassi Demilio and two brothers Louis Campassi and Willie Campassi (both deceased).
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 105 Bonnnabel Blvd., Metairie at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book at www.greenwoodfh.com