Jesse Marcel Jr.
Jesse Marcel Jr. joined the US Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the USS Renville (APA 227) and shortly thereafter participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis attached to combat units as member of ship's company. The Renville then sailed for West Pac and then to the South East Pacific Area where he participated in combat training in case of enemy attack on the ship. After the West Pac tour, Jessie completed his specialty training in Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. He then retired from the Navy in July of 1971 and entered private practice in Helena, Montana. Jessie joined the Montana Army National Guard in 1973, went through helicopter flight training as a flight surgeon at Ft. Rucker, Alabama earning his wings in 1981. During his career in the National Guard, Jessie was appointed State Surgeon of the State of Montana and retired from the military the second time in August of 1996 on his 60th birthday. The Iraqi war required his being called back to active duty in October of 2004 shortly after his 68th birthday. Jesse then served as a flight surgeon for the 189th Attack Helicopter Battalion flying 225 hrs of combat while in country being discharged again from active duty in December of 2005 to the Ready Reserve.
Pre-med undergraduate work was accomplished at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and he attended LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, Louisiana graduating July of 1961 earning a degree in medicine. Jessie then completed a rotating internship at the Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jesse is currently employed as a specialist in Otolaryngology at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Ft. Harrison, Montana.