Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
A kindergartner at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles read 875 books in one school year. Sophia Moss is 5-years-old and she loves to read. "A lot of the days I read books. It's justMore >>
Sophia loves to read. She even wrote her own book and did her book report on it! And even though she's just beginning her academic career, it's only the beginning of her story.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:51:00 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
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Retired Tech Sgt. Bill Abshire has served in both the U.S. Navy and Air Force. He first served on board the USS Collett, a famous ship during the Battle of Enchon, known as one of the "galloping ghosts of the Korean coast."
"Our ship used as a sitting duck between the island and Enchon. McArthur needed someone to draw out the fire because they were so deeply embedded in the landside that the bombs couldn't get to them and the shells couldn't get to them."
In fact, the USS Orleck, now docked in Lake Charles, served with the Collett in Korea.
"I'm hosting a reunion now. The Navy personnel that served on the Collett chose Lake Charles over Hawaii because of the Orleck, because it'll bring back memories of the task force operation in Korea."
Later, Abshire joined the Air Force. He served in Vietnam and helped return the bodies of those killed in battle.
"We brought them back to the air base, where they went through the morgue procedures and prepared their bodies for shipment home. My job after that was making sure that when the transfer cases that they ship them over on, go t processed properly with all the high esteem honors to an American soldier, and made sure their bodies got home to their American families."
He said he helped send home the bodies of many American soldiers he had trained earlier in the states. For his 35 years of service, this week we honor Bill Abshire as this week's Hometown Patriot.