Joseph J. St Ours, Major USMC (Retired)
Born in the small town of Biddeford, Maine, Joe lived in a home for boys
until the age of 14. At age 17 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and received
Recruit Training at MCRD Parris Island and Individual Combat Training at Camp Lejeune.
His first assignment was Food service Schools at Montford Point, from 1956 –
1958 followed by assignments to Quantico; Okinawa, Japan; CLNC; Marine Barracks, Fort Meade, MD and then to Viet Nam in 1967 where he received meritorious promotion to Gunnery Sergeant. He was subsequently promoted to Warrant Officer in 1969, then LDO.
He was assigned to audit the American Embassy Commissary in Saigon in 1973 and served aboard the Flag Ship Blue Ridge to participate in the evacuation during the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Subsequent tours were at MCRD San Diego; 3d Marine Division; 3d FSR; East
Coast Food Management Team and at Quantico as Head, Food Services where Major St Ours ended his 30 year service career in 1986.
Following retirement from the Marine Corps he worked at Creative Industries in Richmond, VA for about two years as a consultant and subsequently Director, Food Services to implement civilian food service operations at Quantico.
Currently, he and his wife Joan are living in the Shenandoah Valley in
Virginia where they built their own home and a house for one of their sons. They also keep quite busy with various activities in their church. One of Joes
favorite activities is cooking and serving luncheons for the seniors of the
Community at his churches commercial kitchen facility which he designed,
equipped and oversaw construction of.
They have been blessed with four adult sons and eight grandchildren.
Joe is a Life Member of USMCFSA.
Joe and Joan make their home in Luray Virginia.