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YN2 Sherman Elfert

11/30/2018
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Yeoman Second Class Sherman Elfert was born in New Orleans. He enlisted in the Navy for World War II and remained in service for the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Holton in both the European and North African theatres and was present for the Surrender of Japan. He was awarded several medals that were lost in Katrina but some have since been replaced thanks to his VFW hall. He lives in Lacombe. www.sttammanylibrary.org

Duration:01:26:30

SSgt Francis Drake

11/30/2018
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Staff Sgt. Francis Drake was born in Chestertown, NY. He enlisted with the US Marines and then the US Navy. He switched because he wanted to travel more. He was stationed in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Bermuda, and Italy. He worked as an aircraft mechanic and test cell supervisor, which later helped him land jobs with Ford Aerospace and Martin Marietta Space Systems once he retired from military life. He was a member of the US Navy Rifle Team, and received commendations for the Cuban...

Duration:00:29:44

Sgt Theodore Penton

11/30/2018
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Sgt. Theodore Penton was born in Picayune, Mississippi but grew up in Pearl River. He enlisted in the Army and served three tours in Vietnam. He took part in Tet 68 and Tet 69 and was awarded the combat infantry badge, the Bronze Star with Valor, and the Purple Heart for his service with the 101st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne Divisions. He was a machine gunner and a sniper team leader during his time in Vietnam. He still resides in Pearl River. www.sttammanylibrary.org

Duration:00:33:12

SSgt Joseph Foto

11/30/2018
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Staff Sgt. Joseph Foto was also born in New Orleans. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps for World War II and was an aerial gunner on B-24s as a member of the 15th Air Force, 459th Bomb Group, 479th Squadron, stationed in Fogia, Italy. On his 13th mission, his plane went down and he was stranded in Italy for 50 days. He received a bronze star and an air medal with 2 oak leaf clusters for his service. He lives in Mandeville. www.sttammanylibrary.org

Duration:00:52:49

Sgt Leroy Otis James

11/30/2018
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Sgt. Leroy James was born in Washington Parish. He was drafted into the Army for World War II and became a Tech 4th Grade with the 350th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. He worked as a radio operator using Morse code to send and receive messages. He served in New Guinea and the Philippines and received campaign medals for service in the Asiatic Pacific and good conduct, as well as World War II Victory and Philippine Liberation. He currently lives in Covington.

Duration:01:12:11

Sgt John Corrigan

11/27/2018
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Sgt. John Corrigan was born in Baltimore, MD. He enlisted into the Marine Corps when he was 18 years old and served with the 1st Mar Air Wing at the K1 & K18 Air Bases on the east coast of South Korea. He participated in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, aka the Frozen Chosin and worked as a courier for the communications hut. He received 3 Bronze stars and several Presidential citations for his service. He is a resident of Covington.

Duration:00:41:22

Sgt James Davis

11/27/2018
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Sgt. James “Gus” Davis was born in Hinds County, Mississippi, but moved to Covington at a young age. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served with the 1st Division, 1st Battalion, in Vietnam. He received three Purple Hearts, a National Defense medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with Star, and several other medals for his work as an ONTOS tank operator. He currently lives in Covington.

Duration:00:41:07

Sgt Cultus Pearson

11/27/2018
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Sgt. Cultus Pearson was born in Caesar, MS. He was drafted into the Army for World War II and served with the 41st Division, 162nd Battalion Infantry in New Guinea, Biak Island, and the Philippines. He carried the Browning Automatic Rifle in the Mindanao Campaign in the Philippines and became an expert rifleman. He was awarded the Bronze Star as well as the Army Good Conduct and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for his service. He is a resident of Lacombe.

Duration:01:36:37

SFC Ernest Chauvin

11/26/2018
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Sergeant First Class Ernest Chauvin was born in Houma. He was drafted into the Army Infantry and served in both World War II and Korea with the 69th Infantry Division, and later in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in Korea. While in World War II, he served in the Rhineland and Middle Europe and received 2 combat infantry badges and 2 bronze stars for his service. At the end of World War II, he became the company supply sergeant. He lives in Mandeville.

Duration:01:04:44

MACH2 Leon Faure

11/26/2018
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Machinist 2nd Class Leon Faure was born in Hopeville, LA. He enlisted in the US Navy and served in Vietnam on the USS Magoffin and the Point Defiance. He participated in the Que Nam Landing and also served in Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines. He worked in the evaporator room, making distilled and drinking water for the ship. He received two good conduct medals, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Frank Knox Award. He is a resident of Mandeville.

Duration:00:42:28

Lt Leon Toups

11/26/2018
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Lt. Leon Toups, Jr. was born in New Orleans and was commissioned into the Army for the Vietnam War. His career started with Advanced ROTC training in Baton Rouge, and 6 weeks of basic training at Fort Sill, OK, between his junior and senior years at LSU. He worked in Intelligence and was with the 18th ARVN Division and served in Vietnam, teaching at the Army Intel School and taught English to Vietnamese soldiers. He received a Vietnam Service Medal, a US Air Medal, and a Meritorious Service...

Duration:00:52:18

Lt. Col Champ Vinet

11/20/2018
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Lt. Col. Champ Vinet was born in New Orleans. He was commissioned into the Army Air Force for World War II. He was a B-24 bomber pilot for the 779th Squadron, 664th Group, 55th Wing of the 15th Air Force. He was based in Pantanela, Italy, and flew campaigns over the Balkans, Austria, and Southern Germany. He also served with the Air Force Reserve and received an air medal with 4 oak leaf clusters for his service. He is currently a resident of Mandeville.

Duration:00:47:18

ET2 Terry Charrier

11/20/2018
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Electronics Technician Terry Charrier was born in Lafitte, LA. He enlisted in the US Navy and served on the USS Kearsarge, with a homeport in Long Beach, CA. His ship visited Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia. He worked with old fashioned electronics and kept the radios running throughout his service. He lives in Covington.

Duration:00:27:48

AIRMAN Roy Rogge

11/19/2018
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Airman First Class Roy Rogge was born in Baton Rouge. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served in the United Nations Operations in the Congo with the 1607 Flightline Maintenance Squadron, 1607 Air Transport Wing out of Dover, DE. He maintained the aircraft that transported UN troops in and out of the Congo and was a member of the Quick Reaction Force which resulted in several deployments worldwide, including Greenland and Niger. He received medals for National Defense Service, Good...

Duration:00:55:27

Major Joeseph Cassanova

4/5/2018
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Major Joseph Cassanova, born in New Orleans, served in the Louisiana Air National Guard from 1959 to 1990. His 31-year career with the 159th Tactical Fighter Group included service in Alaska, the Arctic, Europe, Washington, DC and many other areas. He was involved in operations for the Cuban Missile Crisis and Desert Storm and has received various medals for his service. He is currently a resident of Mandeville.

Duration:01:08:27

Episode 110: Dr. Mary's Monkey and the JFK assassination

3/21/2018
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Edward Haslam, author of "Dr. Mary's Monkey", gives a presentation about his book and the related book "Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love, and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald by Judyth Vary Baker. (Runtime 2:13:57)

Duration:02:13:57

Episode 109: Lost Bayou Ramblers and CRIA Seed Bank

1/22/2018
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Hear an exclusive live performance by the Grammy nominated Cajun band The Lost Bayou Ramblers. Also included is a lecture by band member Louis Michot on CRIA (Cultural Research Institute of Acadiana Seed Bank). (Runtime: 27:46)

Duration:00:27:45

Episode 108: Now and Always: A Louisiana Love Story

12/20/2017
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Covington author Christian Garcia discusses his book that contains love letters between his grandparents from over a hundred years ago. (Runtime 47:18)

Duration:00:47:18

Episode 107: Purchased Lives Exhibit & Origins of Local African Americans Lecture

11/27/2017
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Learn all about "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade" exhibit from our Adult Programming Coordinator, Jillian Garner Boudreaux. You'll hear about what to expect and how you can view the exhibition and attend related programs. Also on this episode, historian Eva Semien Baham, PhD presents a lecture on African Americans in our parish. The lecture covers from the early origins to the present and how critical and important events shaped our community. (Runtime 1:28:33)

Duration:01:28:33

STPL Podcast #106 - George O'Connor Interview

10/30/2017
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New York Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator George O'Connor is interviewed by members of the Slidell Branch's Middle School Book Club.

Duration:00:19:44