|courtesy of Melissa Daigle|
Jessie was drafted in September 1943. After completing his basic military training he was sent to England and then, after the D-Day landings to France. PVT Thibodeaux was transferred from the replacement depot to Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry on 14 Jun 1944. He was then transferred to L Company 116th Infantry to serve as a rifleman on 19 Jun 1944. He fought with the unit through the hedgerows, the bocage, in the approach to Saint-Lo until wounded by artillery fire on 9 Jul 1944 and was evacuated to hospital. In addition to his wounds he suffered an infection and died of his wounds on 13 Jul 1944.
PVT Thibodeaux was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in the Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles, Louisiana.