Our friend and volunteer Jim Gallahue recently shared with us memories of his time with one of our special Residents, the late Colonel Louis J. Nagy. Lou’s favorite restaurant was Longhorn Steakhouse, and as part of his volunteer work, Jim took Col. Nagy there on outings. There they would talk about history and life. Col. Nagy became a favorite of the staff at the restaurant too. This Memorial Day the Little Sisters of the Poor and staff at Sacred Heart Residence fondly remember all of our Residents and friends who have served in the Armed Forces. May God Bless!
“On Sunday, May 22, I lost my special friend at Sacred Heart Residence, World War II veteran, Col. Louis J. Nagy. Lou was 93. I started my volunteer/visits to Little Sisters of the Poor some four years ago and one of the Residents I visited frequently was Col. Lou. Lou was a fighter pilot in the US Army Air Corp and his service included Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor and some two years in New Guinea flying P-40s and P-39s. Well, with Lou a WWII guy and my hobby being the study of WWII, it was a match made in heaven. Blaise, my son, flew a flag on one of his missions in Iraq for Lou and sent the flag to him after the mission. Lou in turn gave the flag to the Sisters and it now has a home in the lobby of the residence. There are many more people than just Blaise and I that are going to miss ‘The Col,’ even the girls at Lou’s restaurant- the Longhorn – will miss him! I thank God that I had the opportunity to know Lou through my volunteering with the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
~ Jim Gallahue, Little Sisters of the Poor volunteer
Photo 1: Lt. Col. Blaise Gallahue (left) and his colleague drape the American flag over a helicopter before a mission in Iraq.
Photo 2:Mother Paul Mary, l.s.p. and Col. Louis J. Nagy embrace at her farewell reception on May 5, 2011.