Once a Marine, always a Marine
Lake Peigneur — Several St. Martin Parish veterans were part of a Marine Corps League encampment that drew attendees from as far away as Ohio, Idaho and California.
Among the over two dozen men rendezvousing at a private campground were veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Local campers included James Laperouse of St. Martinville, a WWII vet; Lawrence Gauthier of St. Martinville and Lionel C. Porter of Breaux Bridge, both of whom served in WWII and Korea.
The event, a fund-raiser for the Acadiana Chapter of the Marine Corps League, began a dozen years ago at Butte La Rose and moved to this site near Delcambre when Vietnam vet Ken Bowman of Erath bought a camp here and made it available.
Other states represented at the Feb. 22-23 campout included California, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio and Idaho.
The league, founded in 1923, has some 900 chapters or detachments throughout the United States and overseas. It boasts a membership of nearly 61,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and certain Navy hospital corpsmen.
Also at the campout were members of the Young Marines, a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through high school.