Retired Louisiana National Guard adjutant general dies

Staff Reports

Retired Maj. Gen. O’Neil J. Daigle, Jr., who served as the Louisiana National Guard’s adjutant general from 1972 to 1980, died April 8.

Daigle, a native of Donaldsonville, La., entered the Army in 1943 after graduating from Louisiana State University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

He served on active duty from 1943 to 1947 and joined the Louisiana National Guard in 1948.

Serving for more than 37 years in the military, his military awards include the Legion of Merit, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Louisiana Longevity Medal with two Fleur de Lis, Louisiana War Cross and the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal.

Daigle has also been inducted into the Infantry School Hall of Fame, the Cadets of Ole War School Hall of Fame, the Louisiana National Guard Hall of Fame and the USS Kidd Hall of Fame.

Visitation was held on Monday, April 12, at Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville, La., from 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial followed at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville.

Entombment followed in the church mausoleum.