Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:49 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:49:03 GMT
The main runway at Lake Charles Regional Airport will reopen Wednesday after months of construction and modernization forced its closure. "It was a 90 calendar day project and we've finished 12 daysMore >>
The main runway at Lake Charles Regional Airport will reopen Wednesday after months of construction and modernization forced its closure. More >>
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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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:55:03 GMT
Ralph "Pie" Sonnier stays busy in his Sulphur workshop, putting together his latest creation, a water well drilling rig. It's just one of several wooden models he has assembled from hand over the years. "IMore >>
Ralph "Pie" Sonnier stays busy in his Sulphur workshop, creating one-of-kind pieces from various kinds of wood.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:54 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:54:08 GMT
End of life decisions are incredibly tough to make, yet every day, family members make arrangements for the death of a loved one. But what about for a beloved pet? I take you inside the region's onlyMore >>
Six hundred family pets were cremated at the region's only retail pet crematory, Pet Angels in Lake Charles, last year. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how the operations work and talks to a family that knows the pain of losing pets.More >>
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Jessie and Jimmy LeJune come from a long line of service members. Jimmy, served in the waning days of World War 2 in the Navy, taking part in the atomic test at Bikini Island. When the Korean conflict occurred, Jessie joined Jimmy in the Navy. The two even filed paperwork so they could work on the same tender destroyer, the Bryce Canyon. They remember one of the scariest moments of the war, when their ship got lost in a mine field.
"It was a stormy night," said Jimmy. "The ship got turned around. We could see the gunfire from Korea. The captain came out and said, Turn this thing around and let's head back. Let's get out of here."
Jessie remembers the same story and remembered the assistance the Bryce ship received.
"They did send in one or two destroyers in to get us out of the minefield," recalled Jimmy. "But it was just like he said. It happened so fast, you couldn't be scared, to tell you the truth."
The LeJune brothers were one of 9 sets of brothers serving on board the Bryce Canyon. Jessie, a radio operator, had a part-time job as a loan shark.
"People needed to borrow money, so we decided to loan them money," explained Jimmy. "Me and another guy. So we loaned them money, like you said, 3 for 5. The most we would loan out to one person was 20 dollars".
He's not sure it was technically legal, but it was good enough for him. The two brothers went on to receive a Bronze Star and other medals for their service during the war. Jessie went on to work at Fort Polk and retired after 30 years service.