Lt. Col. Gilbert Mills Slaughter, a member of LSU’s Cadets of the Ole War Skule Hall of Honor, died Friday at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.
He was 97.
Slaughter was inducted into the Cadets of the Ole War Skule Hall of Honor in 2007 after a lengthy military career.
He received his ROTC commission at LSU in 1938 as a field artillery officer, according to his obituary.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in August 1941. He was assigned in 1943 to Green Commons Air Base in England. He flew in three glider combat missions with the 436th Troop Carrier Group at Membury, England.
He received numerous awards in his military career, including the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster, awarded for acts of heroism during flights.
He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1975.
His son, Tom Slaughter, said his father was a personable man who was always concerned about others.
“He was extremely supporting of all military and veterans,” Tom Slaughter said. “He was very proud of his military service.”
Gilbert Slaughter was born in Port Hickey on Sept. 25, 1915. His family moved to Baker in 1919, and he graduated from Baker High School in 1933.
Slaughter was a national chairman of the World War II Glider Pilots Association, and he helped create the Zachary Community Church.
Visitation will be at Zachary Community Church from 9 a.m. until a service at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be at Young Family Cemetery with full military honors.