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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 >>
600 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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:14 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:14:05 GMT
Travis Matte and the Kingpins will take the stage at "Downtown at Sundown" in Lake Charles from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Since 2004, the group has blended together various musical stylesMore >>
Travis Matte and the Kingpins will take the stage at Downtown at Sundown in Lake Charles from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:04 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:04:58 GMT
One family in Iowa, La. felt helpless as the EF5 tornado touched down in Moore, Okla., a town where relatives lived. For Lisa Farque and Sara LaFargue, it was a terrifying moment watching the tornadoMore >>
Imagine having family in the pathway of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. For one family in Iowa, that nightmare was a reality. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:01 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:01:06 GMT
It was a call from coworkers on April 24, 1989 that led Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies to the 923 S. Division Street after Beryl Robichaux, 35, failed to show up for shift at a local cab company. "OnceMore >>
It's been more than 24 years since a Lake Charles woman was discovered stabbed to death inside her apartment and authorities still don't have a suspect. In this week's Cold Case Investigation, KPLC's Lee Peck takes a look at the circumstances leading up to the murder of Beryl Robichaux.More >>
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There have been many movies made about the deadly bombing missions Allied forces flew over Germany and France during World War 2. Lake Charles' Jim Oakley lived through those missions...28 of them, as a matter of fact. Oakley remembers when his B-17 was shot up while returning from a mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, targeting ball bearing factories.
"So, I just rolled it over and down we went from 25,000 feet to tree top level and apparently the German fighters knocked us out because we never had anyone jump us," said Oakley.
The losses were so heavy to the 8th Air Force that the U.S. didn't return to the target for 4 months.
"We lost 60 planes on that raid. Sixty B-17s. That's 600 trained airmen. Another 90 damaged, out of about 285, 290. It was way too much loss."
Oakley says he lost many classmates in those bombing runs. But he says his division, commanded by Curtis Lemay, was experienced and tough.
"There's no foxhole up there. You're protected by paper-thin aluminum. But psychologically, if you can duck down, it's going to save you."
KPLC salutes Jim Oakley as this week's Hometown Patriot.