If you talk to people
in Southwest Louisiana about the Habibi Shriners, the name "Bo" House
is bound to come up in the conversation. House served in the U.S. Navy during
the latter part of World War 2 on board the U.S.S. Nashville. His ship had just finished bombarding
Borneo... and his fellow soldiers were afraid of a long drawn-out war in the
"Not until we heard
about the atomic bomb," said House.
"When we heard about that, then we all felt good about that. That was a good feeling, I guarantee
you. These Japanese were pretty bad
about their planes diving into the ship...suicide planes. "
House returned from
the war and later became a Shriner. He's
been an active member for 56 years and loves how the Shriners help with medical
needs of children through their 22 hospitals.
"It just brings tears
to my eyes. We can do a fantastic job on
that and it's free to the parents. We'll
even help them get to the hospital and take care of their needs. We take care of the hotel bill and feed
them. It doesn't cost them one thing."
House says being a
Shriner brings a lot of satisfaction.
"When they come back
from the hospital after surgery and stuff like that, you really feel good
because you can see the mothers and father's smiles on their faces with what
we've done for these children."
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