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Dr. Julius A. LaCroix Jr.

Born: 6/13/1919

Died: 2/26/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

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Julius A. LaCroix Jr., June to family members, passed away February 26, 2004. He was born June 13, 1919, on a Red River farm south of Soper, Oklahoma, near the community of Bluff, which was a part of his mother’s allotment from the Choctaw Nation. He was the third child (second son) of Julius Alfred LaCroix and Ruth (Randell) LaCroix. LaCroix Sr. was of Scots-Irish and French descent from Louisiana and his mother was of Scots-English and Choctaw descent, one of the original enrollees of the tribe.

Dr. LaCroix attended elementary school at Goodland Indian School, junior high school in Antlers, Oklahoma, and graduated from Antlers High School in 1937. He entered Bacone College in the fall of 1937 and graduated in May 1940. While at Bacone he was active in many school activities and was a member of the famous Singing Redmen glee club. He attended Oklahoma A&M College one year before entering military service.

Julius was a member of Bacone’s National Guard Company I 180th Infantry, 45th Division, and was mobilized for active duty with the company on September 16, 1940. He remained with the company as Supply Sergeant until 1942 when he transferred to the Army Air Corps. Julius completed navigation training at Mather Field on June 13, 1942, his 23rd birthday. He served in England in the Eighth Air Force and later in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Germany with the Troop Carrier Command. His group was engaged in dropping airborne troops behind enemy lines and delivering troops by airborne gliders into combat zones as well as transporting supplies and munitions. He was separated from the service at the end of the war in 1945 with the rank of Captain.

Julius set a goal early in life and though the odds appeared great, persevered until his goal was reached  to be a medical doctor. He practiced medicine in Hugo, Oklahoma, Choctaw County, for 32 years, retiring in September 1990. His service to the community has been outstanding and through his efforts and leadership, the county has one of the most modern hospitals in Southeastern Oklahoma. His dedication and devotion to his profession and the service rendered to his community is legend.

Dr. LaCroix married Charlene Fields on June 18, 1942. He received his M.D. in 1950 and moved to Hugo in 1952.

He has been an avid supporter of Bacone College throughout the years and is a member of Phi Beta Phi Fraternity, the American Medical Association, past president of the Oklahoma Medical Association, former Chief of Staff of the Choctaw Memorial Hospital, a founding member of the Choctaw Indian Veteran Warriors Society, board member of Bacone College and Supply Sergeant for many past reunions of his I Company comrades from Bacone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene, and his older brother, Thomas E. LaCroix of Ft. Worth, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene, and older brother, Thomas E. LaCroix of Fort Worth.

Survivors include his two children, Deborah (LaCroix) Taylor and Charles Chuck LaCroix, and one grandson, Chadwick L. Taylor, all of Hugo, Oklahoma; siblings, Christina Crews of Hugo, Jack Alfred LaCroix of Enid, Oklahoma, Eugene LaCroix of Port Arthur, Texas, and Judy LaCroix of Ft. Worth, the widow of his older brother, Thomas; sisters-in-law, Novella LaCroix of Enid and Mary Ann LaCroix of Port Arthur; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Julius A. LaCroix Jr.