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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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.