Ronald J. Asselin
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Ronald J. Asselin
  • March 29, 1927 - December 29, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Sergeant Major Ronald Joseph Asselin (ret.), who served with the Marine Corps in World War II and with the Army in Vietnam, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Tampa, Florida, on December 29, 2017. He was 90 years old.



Sergeant Major Asselin, who was born in Nampa, Idaho, was a high school student in Newman, Calif., when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. He quit high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was part of Marine forces who invaded the Japanese-held islands of Peleliu in 1943 and Okinawa in 1945. When the Japanese surrendered in September of that year, Sergeant Major Asselin served with occupying troops in Japan.



Upon his discharge from the Marine Corps, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. After tours of duty at Army bases in Heidelberg, Germany, and Fort Sill, Okla., he was assigned to Vietnam where he served at the American Army base at Phu Bai. He returned to Fort Sill, where he closed out his 26-year military career, and settled in Tampa in 1970.



During his service, Sergeant Major Asselin was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal for World War II, World War II Victory Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Star on two occasions.



Mr. Asselin's wife, Waltraud, predeceased him earlier this year. He is survived by his daughters, Slavica Sumner of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Marcellina Mixon of Marietta, Ga., and his son, Joseph Asselin of Abingdon, Md., four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8th at 1130am at Blount Curry Macdill, 605 S. Macdill Ave, Tampa. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery at 2PM.