In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting stories from Louisiana’s proud military history. Explore the stories of Louisiana veterans who have proudly served their country.
In 2007, Louisiana Public Broadcasting conducted oral history interviews with 48 World War II veterans from Louisiana. These veterans represent the entire war – they served in all branches of the military and every theater of the war. Here are a few examples:
• Paul Arst, Army, Europe
• Pearl A. Domma, Army Nurse, Europe
• Frank J. Kern, Marine, Pacific
• Billy M. Mathews, Navy, Pacific
• Oscar G. Richard, III, Army Air Corps, POW in Germany
• Norman L. Sisson, B-17 pilot in Army Air Corps, Europe
• Philip Serio, Navy, Pearl Harbor survivor
Through the years, Gus Weill and LPB President Beth Courtney have interviewed Louisianans who have reached the highest levels of leadership in the United States military:
• General Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1979-1983
• Lieutenant Commander John Dalton, Secretary of the Navy from 1993-1998
• Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Surgeon General of the Air Force, 1994-1997
• Lieutenant Colonel John Bourgeois, conductor of the U.S. Marine Corps Band, 1979-1996
• General Charles Campbell, Commanding General for the Army Forces Command, 2007-2010
• Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina
Throughout the month of November, three documentaries - Louisiana War Letters
(2001), General Robert H. Barrow: A Legacy of Leadership
(2009), and LSU Law: Saluting Our Veterans
(2013) - will be available in their entirety for viewing on the LDMA website at ladigitalmedia.org.
|Published: October 30, 2015
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