Biographies 

   

 Kenneth Lafleur

 Patrick J. Mobley

Hank Kwiatkowski

Angie Anderson

Dennis Engdahl

Mike Robberstad

Dan Tarbell

 

 

Chef de Chemin de Fer (Kenneth Lafleur)

    Kenneth “Doc” C. Lafleur was born August 22, 1941 in Lawtell, Louisiana to Abram Paul and Irene Mary Olivier Lafleur. Doc has been married to Patricia Ione McNamara Lafleur for fifty-four years and they have three grown children; Matt, Suzanne, and Caroline.

      Kenneth attended and graduated from Lawtell High School in 1959. He attended the University of Louisiana Lafayette and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1963.  He attended Tulane University and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1966.  Doc performed his rotating internship at the University of Texas in Houston at Hermann Hospital 1966-1967.  He completed his basic science course in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967.  Kenneth served his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas in Houston at Hermann Hospital 1967-1970.  

      He volunteered for active duty in the United States Army on June 29, 1970 and was assigned to the Army Medical Corps at Fort Sill, OK.  He was honorably discharged on June 28, 1972 as a Major.  Following his discharge, Doc worked in private practice of Ophthalmology in Opelousas, LA 1972- 2010.  He was associated with Merrick J. Wyble, MD 1972-1997.   Doc’s career in Ophthalmology resulted in many outstanding achievements;

      Member of the American Society of Military Ophthalmologists

      Licensed by the Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas State Boards of Medical Examiners

      Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

      Current member and Past President of the St. Landry Parish Medical Society           

      Past Chief of Staff, Opelousas General Hospital for four years

      Past Chief of Surgery, Opelousas General Hospital for four years.

      Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

      Member of the American Medical Association (Recipient of Physician’s Recognition Award)

      Member of Louisiana State Medical Society

      Member of Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

      Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

      Member of Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists

      Member of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

      Member of Southern Medical Association

      Active Staff at Doctor’s Hospital of Opelousas and Opelousas General Hospital

      Courtesy Staff at Ville Platte Medical Center Hospital

      Kenneth joined the American Legion at Opelousas Post # 45 in Opelousas, LA in 1989 and has 25 years of continuous service. He has held numerous Post 45 officer positions, Chaplain, Baseball Chairman, Vice-Commander, and Commander.  He achieved 100% membership while serving as

Commander, Post 45.  Doc was elected Seventh District Area D Commander then performed as Seventh District Vice-Commander and Commander.  He also served as Seventh District’s Executive Committeeman on Department of Louisiana’s Executive Committee.  At the Department level, Doc has excelled

while serving as Chairman Gold Star Banner and Tack Awards  and Chairman Department and Post Education and Scholarship Committees.  He currently serves on the Department of Louisiana Commission on Finance.  Kenneth was elected and served as Department Vice-Commander 2009 and Commander 2010.  On the National level, He currently represents the Department of Louisiana as a member of the National Homeland Security Council and is a past member National Legislative Council.

      Kenneth was invited to join Voiture Locale 1351, La Societe’ des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux and was wrecked in 2001.  Doc has served at all levels of La Societe’.  At the locale level, he hit the ground running by volunteering for the wrecking crew and then being elected and served as Chef de Train 2005-2008, Conducteur 2004-2005, and Medicin 2009-2013.  At the Grande Voiture de la Louisianne, he was elected to and served as Grand Medicin, Grand Avocat, Grand Chef de Train 2011 and Grand Chef de Gare 2012.   At the Nationale level, Kenneth was appointed Medicin Nationale 2008 and 2009, Sous Medicin National 2010-2016, Directeur, National Nurses Training 2010-2014, and National Director of Nurses Training.  Sous National Director of Box Car Association.

Alternate Cheminot 2012-2013, and Cheminot National 2013-2014.  Doc is a Life Member of the Nationale Past Chefs de Gare Club, a member of the General’s Club and the Germany Club.  He is our 2014 Voyageur of the Year.  He is a Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer passé.

      Voyageur Kenneth Lafleur is also very active in local community affairs; volunteering numerous hours each year to their programs and projects.  Doc has received several honors and awards from the St. Landry Parish Church, Knights of Columbus, Opelousas Council 1173, Elks Lodge 1048 and St. Landry Parish Medical Society.   A list of awards and honors include:

      Knight of the Year, Opelousas Council 1173 in 1986

      St. Landry Church Pastor’s Medal 1986

      Designated Communion Recipient during Papal Visit to New Orleans 1987

      Elk of the Year, Opelousas Lodge 1048 in 1992

      Humanitarian of the Year, Opelousas Chamber of Commerce 1999

      Citizen of the year, Elks Lodge 1048 2000-2001          

      Bishop’s Medal Diocese of Lafayette 2006

      Dept. of Louisiana American Legion Citizen Award 2006-2007

      LA Elks Association’s, Elk of the Year 2009-2010

      Kenneth served the St, Landry Parish Church Council as President for four years.  His volunteer service to the Church includes past Chairman of their Social Justice Commission, member of the Church Ushers Association, and Past Trustee.  Additionally, Doc was a member of the Lafayette Diocesan Pastoral Council for six years serving as Chairman for two of those years.  He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Opelousas Council 1173 where he was elected as Grand Knight.  He served as District Deputy of the Knights of Columbus for four years and Area Coordinator of the Knights of Columbus.   

            Voyageur Kenneth C. Lafleur continues to serve The American Legion, La Societe’, his local community, fellow Legionnaires and Voyageurs.

 

 

 

Correspondant National (Patrick Mobley)

Born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana; upon graduating from John Marshall High School, Mobley enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his 20-year career, he served on various ships and shore commands, deploying to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. When not assigned to sea duty, he served as a Navy Instructor, curriculum developer, and qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist. Chief Petty Officer Mobley is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, as well as a number of other individual and unit awards.

Since transitioning from the military he has worked as a defense contractor, in the manufacturing industry and most significantly, in human services.  His experience in workforce development ranges from direct client services; serving veterans on the local level, to state-wide program management of federal benefits for dislocated workers.  He specialized in assisting veteran job seekers with significant barriers to employment and is a certified through the National Institute of Corrections as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS).

He is active in the veteran community serving in local positions in a number of other veterans’ service organizations including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS.

He has been married to the former Susan Dawson of Springfield, MO since 1985, they have one adult son. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, golf, hiking in Indiana’s State Parks and spending time with his extended family.

 

 

 

Avocat National (Hank Kwiatkowski)

Kwiatkowski served as a Captain in the United States Army/Airborne.  He worked in the aerospace and manufacturing industry as a manager and executive and later founded his own automotive business from which he is now retired.  He and his wife, Sharon, today reside in Lake Bistineau near Doyline, LA.  They have two children and three grandchildren.

A member of The Forty & Eight for 25 years, Kwiatkowski serves as Grande Correspondant (State Adjutant) for Forty & Eight’s Grande du Louisiana.  He held several national positions with the Forty & Eight prior to becoming its national commander.  Kwiatkowski is also an officer in The American Legion, Department of Louisiana (40 year member), and a member of Mensa.

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Angie Anderson)

Born and raised in Crystal Spring, Pennsylvania on a Dairy Farm.  I played basketball and softball while attending Southern Fulton High School.  Upon graduating from high school I attended Potomac State College in Keyser West Virginia where I received my Associates of Science in 1995.  I then moved to Salisbury, MD and attended Salisbury State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore studying under a dual degree program.  In 1998 I received both my Bachelors in Marine Science and Environmental Science. 

In 1998 I enlisted in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate, where I attended Boot Camp in Great Lakes, A-School in Charleston and Prototype in Ballston Spa.  In 1999 I was selected for Officers Candidate School and was commissioned in 2000 at OCS Pensacola, FL.  I graduated from Navy Supply Corps School in May 2000.  My Supply Officer Duty Stations consisted of USS Tortuga (LSD-46), Navy Cargo Handling Battalion-ONE, and Commander Undersea Surveillance.  Deployments took me to the Baltics, Med, Guam and Kuwait (OIF I and II). 

In 2008 I exited the USN and decided to try my hand in the Civilian Supply realm.  I was employed by Advanced Auto Parts to be the new store manager for a brand new store being built in Moyock, NC.  Needless to say working weekends wasn’t for me and in 2009 I came back to the Navy as a Contractor for Aircraft Carriers.  In 2010 I was picked as a Government Civilian Logistics Manager for the Aircraft Carrier Program Office out of Washington DC Navy Yard and still work for NAVSEA seated in Norfolk, VA.

I have been a Voyageur Militaire for 12 years working through all levels within Locale, Grand, and Nationale.  I was installed at V/L 1067 Goose Creek, SC and transferred to V/L 86.  I am also a member of the La Societe de Femme, American Legion, VFW, DAV and American Legion Auxiliary.

Jerry and I have been married and living in Virginia Beach for 15 years.  Our child has four paws and goes by the name “Boo”.  My mom and dad still have the farm in Pennsylvania and Jerry’s mom and dad still live in Goose Creek, SC.  So in our spare time, when there is some, we travel North or South depending on the weather and the size of the “to do list”.  My hobbies are golf, hunting and gardening.

  

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Dennis Engdahl)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Mike Robberstad)

Michael was born in San Pedro, CA. in 1950. Raised in California.

Michael Robberstad served in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1973 as a Hospital Corpsman at Camp Lejeune, NC, MCAS (H) New River NC, and aboard the USS Saratoga which included a tour to Vietnam in 1972.

After discharge in 1973, worked in Orthopedics as an Ortho/Xray tech in Bakersfield, CA for many years before moving to Salem, OR, where he met and married Joyce, and continued in Orthopedics as a certified tech and fitter of Orthotics, until retirement in 2010. He and Joyce have three grown children, nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Two of the three are also members within La Societe.

He has served Voiture 153 as Conducteur, Chef de Train, Chef de Gare, Publiciste, Cheminot, Directeur Box Car, Directeur Nurses Training. Grande as Lampiste, Commis Voyageur, Garde de la Porte, Conducteur, Chef de Train, Chef de Gare, Cheminot, Historien, La Editor, Photographe, Directeur Box Car, Directeur Membership, Wrecking Crew. At Nationale as Cheminot,  Color Guard, and three years as Sous Directeur Box Car.

He has also been a member of and served The American Legion, VFW, VVA, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

 

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Dan Tarbell)

Born in Brainerd, Minnesota August 10th, 1946 and raised in Vancouver, Washington. Attended all school grades in the Evergreen school district and attended Portland Community College.

Joined the Fort Vancouver Barrack Sea Cadets at the age of fourteen and then the United States Navy in 1963 where I was a Plane Captain and Air Crew. Stationed in San Diego, CA. Pensacola, FL. (Ellyson Field HT-8) Sunnyvale, CA. (Moffett Field VP-19) and Iwakuni, Japan. Was Honorably Discharged in 1969.

I was married in 1969 to my lovely wife Linda Ann Tarbell. We have two children a girl and boy.

Retired as a International Sheet Metal worker in 2000.

Member of American Legion, Local Officer 40 et 8, Grande Officer 40 et 8, National Officer of the 40 et 8, Elks member, AUSA member and Past men in Black Honor Guard.

Was part of the crew that restored the USS Blue Back and part of the crew that restored the Lady Bell, Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

Larry J. Smith and myself founded the Community Military Appreciation Community December 1st, 2009 (CMAC). We felt a need to organize CMAC because of the 104th (Timberwolves) moving to Fort Lewis-McCord and we owed it to the Community to make sure Memorial Day, POW/MIA and Veterans Day ceremony's continued on.

Became a 40 et 8 Voyageur in 2007 and held offices at Locale 99 Train Crew, Americanism Directeur, POW/MIA Directeur, Garde de la Porte and Chef de Train. At the Grande held officesYouth Sports Directeur, Americanism Directeur and POW/MIA Directeur. Grande Garde de la Port, Grande Chef de Train and Grande Chef de Gare.

 At  National  I was National Sous Directeur POW/MIA (3 yrs) and National Directeur POW/MIA (4 yrs).

 

 

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