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Albert Talbot, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1947

Albert TalbotFather Talbot was born in Warwick in the province of Quebec, Canada.  He received his early education in Fall River, Massachusetts.  He made his studies for the priesthood at the University of Montreal, St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore and the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  


He was ordained in Fall River, MA, Dec. 20, 1924 for the Sulpician fathers, the order of priests dedicated to the education of candidates for the priesthood.   During the next 17 years he taught at a number of colleges and seminaries conducted by the Sulpicians in this country and Canada.


In 1941 Father Talbot became a chaplain with the U.S. Army, and was assigned to the Philippine Islands.  He was captured by the Japanese in April 1942 and participated in the infamous “death march.”  He was liberated by the U.S. forces in Manila in February, 1945.


Subsequently, Father Talbot served in this country as a chaplain until 1953 when he returned to the faculty of St. Mary’s seminary, Baltimore.  He was separated from the service as a major in the Army Reserve.


He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, several awards of the Philippine government and the Presidential Citation with two oak leaf clusters.


After his service he returned to teach at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD, and then served as assistant pastor at St. Ann’s church from 1955 to 1958, and in the Westport Assumption church from Sept. 5, 1954 until 1955, also as an assistant pastor.  Father Talbot went to Blessed Sacrament Church Aug. 11, 1958 as an assistant pastor and then became pastor after two years.


Father Talbot had held various organizations in this country.  He had been commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and chaplain of the Philippine-Pacific Veterans organizations in this country.


 Father Talbot passed away in 1962 while at the Blessed Sacrament Church, in Fall River, Mass..