Louisiana’s World War II Stories

Louisiana’s World War II Stories

Louisiana Public Broadcasting remembers our WWII veterans. Travel the state with host Charlie Whinham as he introduces us to some of the Louisiana heroes of World War Two.

Bataan Death March survivor Joseph Cassin of New Orleans lived three years as a prisoner of war and drew his strength from a 19th century English poet. 

At age 19, Bill Babington of Franklinton served in the Army Air Corps as one of the youngest bomber pilots in WWII.

Shreveport’s John Iles and Dr. Donald Webb share special stories. Mr. Iles served as a PT Boat Captain and fought side by side with former President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Webb is the former President of Centenary College and served as a Captain in the British Royal Navy.

Army sharp-shooter Charles Breaux of Krotz Springs left his home in the Atchafalaya basin to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, one of WWII’s bloodiest moments. Breaux, a man with a second grade education before being drafted, wrote down his war experiences in a journal.

Three Creole men, Anthony Arceneaux, John Overton Conant and Louis P. Christophe served in World War Two. They fought a battle on two fronts. There was the enemy overseas as well as the battle against prejudice at home.

We also share a special ride with Louisiana WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. Thanks to a program called Louisiana Honor Air, they are visiting the World War Two Memorial for the first time. 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS


Louisiana: The State We're In has a series highlighting the stories of Louisiana’s World War II veterans.

imageLouisiana Honor Air
(0:10:32, 37.3 MB) Learn about a special program in Acadiana called "Louisiana Honor Air." Their goal is to give any WWII veteran a chance to see the World War Two Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

imageLouisiana’s World War II Veterans - Anthony Arceneaux, John Overton Conant, and Louis P. Christophe
(0:07:28, 25.9 MB) Travel to northwest Louisiana along the Cane River to continue our series on Louisiana World War II veterans. Hear the stories of three Creole soldiers. 

imageLouisiana’s World War II Veteran Bill Babington 
(0:07:24, 25.6 MB) We continue our series on Louisiana World War II veterans with a visit with Bill Babington of Franklinton, one of the youngest B-17 bomber pilots to fly during the war. 

imageLouisiana’s World War II Veteran John Iles
(0:08:15, 28.7 MB) Visit with World War II veteran John Iles of Shreveport, a former P.T. boat captain who fought side-by-side with former President John F. Kennedy. 

imageLouisiana’s World War II Veteran Dr. Donald Webb 
(0:07:42, 40.5 MB) Visit with Dr. Donald Webb, the former president of Centenary College in Shreveport. 

imageLouisiana’s World War II Veteran Joseph Cassin 
(0:09:16, 48.5 MB) Meet Joseph Cassin, a survivor of the Bataan Death March. 

imageLouisiana’s World War II Veteran Charles Breaux
(0:09:01, 47.6 MB) Visit with army sharp shooter Charles Breaux of Krotz Springs. 


LOCAL FUNDING

Funded in part locally by 


Louisiana Companies, Ensuring Your Future

Querbes & Nelson

The National World War II Museum

and

The Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting


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THE WAR - Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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Companion LPB Programs

List of LPB Programs concerning World War II

The 1941 Louisiana Manuevers (30 minutes)

The Boats that Won the War (30 minutes)

D-Day Plus 50 (60 minutes)

Louisiana's Experience-WWII Part One (60 minutes)

The show features seven WWII stories including:

Louisiana Maneuvers

The Flying Tigers

Louisiana Pearl Harbor Vets

Higgins Industries-The Boat that Won the War

Louisiana Fighter Pilots-Quentin Aanenson

German Subs in the Gulf of Mexico

760th Tank Batallion

Louisiana's Experience-WWII Part Two (30 minutes)

This show re-visits the dedication of the D-Day Museum (it was re-edited from an original 60 minute show).

It features Tom Brokaw, Stephen Speilberg and Tom Hanks.

Louisiana's Experience-WWII Part Three (30 minutes)

This show consists of War Stories with first hand accounts of Louisiana WWII vets including General Ansel Stroud, Allen Barham, Frank Walk, Louisiana veterans who fought at Iwo Jima 
and historian Stephen Ambrose.

Louisiana World War Two Stories (60 minutes)

For the final show, travel the state with host Charlie Whinham as he introduces us to some of the Louisiana heroes of World War Two.