March 2, 2011 - Ralph "Pete" Salter

March 2, 2011 – Ralph "Pete" Salter

By John Bridges - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - PFC Ralph "Pete" Salter served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during World War Two.  He was attached to General George Patton's 3rd Army.

"Throughout Germany we were repairing bridges and clearing minefields such as that," said Salter.  "That was our main job."

Salter says his unit repaired bridges in France and Germany.

"As the Germans retreated they'd knock out a mid-section of it. A lot of it was bombed by air troops.  What was left, the Germans as they retreated, they would destroy it.  It would slow everything down."

Salter's daughter, Beth Broussard, got to re-trace her father's steps in Europe.

"We started talking about going," said Broussard.  Our stepson lives in England so we went and we re-traced the tracks for Daddy.  It was just...Daddy is my hero, so I had to go see where he had been."

A recent visit to the D-Day Museum in New Orleans was very special.

"Some young girl came up and said, Can I shake your daddy's hand?  I said, Of course you can.  So she shook Daddy's hand and said, Thank you for serving us.  Well that just did us in."

Pete Salter later worked for Cities Service Oil Refinery south of Sulphur.

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