Unfortunately, my father did pass away in 1985, right after I made Chief. He was a
Captain in the Merchant Marine and was in India when he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage. He did not linger very long,
and we take comfort in knowing he was doing something he loved to do.
Louis spent 32 retiring in 1974. During his long and illustrious military career he was decorated for action in the Pacific
theater during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict. He was recognized at Meritorious Mast on several
occasions for rescuing both men and equipment, and earned Naval Aircrew wings as a Master Chief Boatswain a truly uncommon
After he retired, he went into restaurant management for a while, but really was not happy doing it. He signed on as an
able-bodied seaman with a company out of New Orleans and went back to sea. Then he went to Captain's school and became a
Master. He relished being the one totally responsible for any decisions to be made. He was one of the very few Captains in
his company who was a qualified anchor handler" and qualified to move oil rigs, so he was very much "in demand", and spent
a lot of time overseas in Africa and India.
Louis passed away in 1985, at the age of 59. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while he was serving as the Master of a ship
owned and operated by civilian company. He was in port in India when it occurred. His family was comforted in knowing that
he did not suffer long, and he was doing what he loved when it occurred.
Louis is survived by
We love love you
husband and father
his loving wife
Elizabeth (Betty) Sackman
eight wonderful children
seventeen loving grand children
one great grand child
Mrs. Sackman held the home and family together while Louis traveled the globe and
kept the peace Her support made his career what it was. She did the toughest job in the Navy, and she did it
His oldest daughter carried on the family tradition and served 20 years in the Navy,retiring as a Senior Chief Petty
Officer. She is now an executive secretary in a large hospital. His youngest daughter is a department secretary at a junior
college. Two of his sons work in the offshore industry as engineers on work-boats and research vessels, one is a truck
driver, on is a home improvement contractor, one is a mail handler for the U.S. Postal Service, and one is a biomedical
technician. Between them all there are seventeen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. All live or are home-based within
a five-mile radius of their mother.