Wednesday, May 12, 2010

SSGT Roy C. Desselle, US Army, Retired

Roy Desselle was born October 3, 1957 in Marksville, La., and passed away May 9, 2010 in Temple, Texas at the age of 52.

Roy served his country proudly in the United States Army for 20 years, and retired as a Staff Sergeant.  His numerous military decorations include the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

Interment with full military honors was on May 11 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas.

Present to honor this veteran were the Patriot Guard Riders.  Fifty American flags were posted along the road to the committal shelter.  The Riders formed a line of flags along the front of the shelter as military honors were rendered by an Army honor guard.

A rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Honor, Duty and Country.  Taps was played by an Army bugler, who then stood at attention and saluted as the flag that had draped the coffin was folded into the traditional triangle and presented to the family on behalf of a grateful country and the United States Army.

SSGT Desselle was then laid to rest next to his beloved wife of 28 years, Cecile, who passed away in February, 2010.  The American flag was flying at half-staff, on the hill above, in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are seven sisters, one brother and numerous other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Temple Daily Telegram for biographical information.

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