Marius’s childhood was normal for that day. At eight years old,
he sold newspapers office to office. One regular customer was oil pioneer, Scott Haywood, who always paid Marius double the
price for the paper. At age twelve he gained control of the largest paper route in Jennings and for five years made it into
a profitable business. In high school he was a stock boy in a grocery store, a hot drummer in a country dance band and a photographer
for a title guarantee company. Also during this time in high school, he excelled academically at Jennings High School. He
was Valedictorian of his class when he graduated at the age of seventeen. He also made a perfect grade in the state spelling
When Marius graduated from Jennings high school (in 1938 with high
honors ), his goal was an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. It soon became apparent that his father's political attitudes
were not right to get an appointment. He ended up enrolling in the University of Southwestern Louisiana and become a CPA.
At USWL (USL), he was offered a full scholarship. He was a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society, editor of the campus
newspaper, cross country runner, musician in the band and symphony orchestra and a member of the student government. He attended
SLI at Lafayette where his scholastic standing has been so high that scholastic examinations were waived for entrance to Annapolis.
The political climate changed and at the end of his junior year, he was offered an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
(He was the first Jennings youth ever to go to Annapolis ).
At the Academy Marius was a classmate of the soon to become famous
Ed Ladd, Dick Hardy and astronaut, Alan Shepherd. During his three years at the Academy, he also became acquainted with future
President, Jimmy Carter.
Marius "Fuzzy", was a Company Commander (in the Eleventh Company, in
Bancroft hall ), business manager of the Annapolis Calendar, battalion track, tennis and squash team member and shower room
humorist. He achieved the rating as STAR for scholastic performance his last two years. He gained considerable notoriety as
"SALTY SAM", his pen name as a writer for THE LOG, the campus magazine. He graduated in the upper tenth of his class. On graduation, he
returned home to Jennings, LA. During this time he met his future wife, Betty Lu Scott.
The young Naval officer soon left for the Pacific Seventh Fleet and
an assignment aboard the destroyer USS Shaw. He saw service in Layte Gulf, at Lingayen Gulf during the Philippine Campaign,
and survived one of the earliest Kamikaze attacks in the Mindanao Sea. Marius and the Shaw returned stateside for repairs
after extensive damage was sustained at Cebwok in the Philippines. While The USS Shaw was inactive in New Orleans, he pursued
Betty Lu Scott. He left New Orleans engaged to her. He and Betty were married in the Washington D.C. Naval chapel Oct. 27,
Later Marius was assigned to three months of Gunnery School at the
U.S. Navel Receiving station, in Washington D.C. The young married couple lived at 321 Raleigh street, S.E. Washington, DC.
"Gunner" (as he was known by this time) also served as Gunnery
Officer on the USS Fechteler and for two years was an Assistant to the Head of Guided Missile Branch, Navy Bureau of Ordnance.
They lived in Brooklyn, Yonkers, Newport news, VA and in Bath and Portland, Maine.
Because of too much exposure to gunfire, he was finally fitted with
a hearing aid and given a medical retirement in 1949 which ended his career as a Navel Officer. His next career took him back
to New Orleans and a brief period as an Insurance Adjuster for General Motors. This lasted until 1951. In 1951 he started
work for General Electric, who was looking for an engineer with guided Missile knowledge. He became a Sales Engineer for GE
in Pittsfield, MA., selling seawater batteries and spare parts. In 1955, he transferred to Philadelphia in Polaris Sales.
He was soon extracted from Marketing and implanted in Engineering as Manager-Engineering Administration in Pittsfield, where
Within the community, he was a primary supporter of the town's community
theater group, The Town Players. His community activities included service as chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee-Pittsfield
High, Advisory Committee-Berkshire Community College, Mass Rehabilitation Industry Advisory Council and a strong advocate
of neighborhood action.
He and Betty found time to travel to Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Greece,
Italy, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Portugal, Monaco, France, Germany, Luxembourg, England, Scotland, Taiwan, Singapore,
Hong Kong, Borneo and Bali.
MARIUS FUSELIER, JR, Jennings, Louisiana (written
in his Annapolis Year Book)
"From the dankest depths of the blackest bayous of Louisiana came "the
Gunner"-a bland individual with a decided flair for humor, subtle and otherwise, and a pronounced distaste for morning exercises,
cold showers, and stringless pajama trousers. Being a friend of "Fuzzy's" is an experience from which one never fully recovers;
his jokes and pranks will follow him everywhere, and everywhere he will be remembered as just a guy who likes being just a
guy who likes life, laughter, and good comradeship. Having many aptitudes, few faults, and no shaving brush, "the Gunner"
proved to be a source of never-ending hilarity, vexation, and argument. Wherever he goes, and whatever he does, friends and
fun will inevitably follow. Battalion Track 3, '45; Trident Calender Business Manger 1; Log Staff 3, 1; Class Ring Production
Committee 3; Newman Club 4, 3, 1; Stars 3.
Entered Into Eternal Rest Sunday, Oct. 16, 1988 (obituary)
Pittsfield - Marius "Gunner" Fuselier, 67, of 2 Partridge Road, died
Sunday morning at Berkshire Medical Center, following an apparent heart attack.
Born on March 13, 1921, in Jennings, La., son of Marius Fuselier, Sr.
and Amelia Brownson Fuselier, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. He was discharged as a lieutenant
He attended schools in Louisiana and, following attendance at Southern
Louisiana State University, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
For 37 years, he was a sub-section manager in engineering at Ordinance
Systems in the general Electric Co., retiring in January of 1986. He was a member of the Elfun Society, on the Advisory committee
for the Engineering Department at Berkshire Community College and was on the technical advisory committee for Pittsfield High
School. He supported and promoted higher education for young people in high schools throughout Berskshire County. He was active
in and supported the Town players for many years and was an avid golfer. He attended First Baptist Church in Pittsfield.
He leaves a wife, the former Bette Scott, whom he married Oct. 27,
1945; two sons, Christopher S. Fuselier of Charlottesville, Va., and Richard M. Fuselier of West Lake Village, Calif.; two
daughters, Miss Lisa B. Fuselier of Boston, and Mrs. Mari F. Ernst of Mansfield; a sister Mrs. Ethelyn Caldwell of Jennings,
Ls., and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be Wednesday
morning at 11 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dale Lock, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Pittsfield