Curlis Meaux - Marines

Curlis Meaux

Curlis was born 1929 in Crowley, LA last of six children.  After graduating Parochial school at age 16, with his mother’s permission,  he enlisted in the Marines at age 17. His 3 brothers had just returned from WWII. After completing his basic training at Parris Island,  Curlis reported to Camp Lejeune.

Attached to Second Engineering Battalion, Curlis received orders to report to Puerto Rico to build an airfield.  After two years of service, he joined the reserves for 3 years. He moved to Fort Wayne in 1952 to attend Indiana Tech to pursue a career in engineering.  During that time, encouraged by a friend, he became a part time dance instructor with Arthur Murray. His favorite dances are Jitterbug, Rumba and Foxtrot. After a career at ITT and Phelps Dodge in management he retired to become a volunteer at Dupont Hospital.  There he met Charlene Covert, wife of Dennis Covert, president of the HFNEI. He learned about the Honor Flight and Dennis convinced him that he should take the flight. Curlis flew on the Honor Flight in 2016 with his daughter, Leslie, as his guardian.  Having that incredible experience, he wanted to be a part of the fundraising efforts.  He will turn 89 two days before the 2nd DWTH event.