Hometown Patriot: Ed Aucoin - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hometown Patriot: Ed Aucoin

Ed Aucoin was drafted in 1944 and quickly sent from south Louisiana to Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training in the U.S. Cavalry. Ed Aucoin was drafted in 1944 and quickly sent from south Louisiana to Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training in the U.S. Cavalry.
Ed Aucoin was drafted in 1944 and quickly sent from south Louisiana to Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training in the U.S. Cavalry. Ed Aucoin was drafted in 1944 and quickly sent from south Louisiana to Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training in the U.S. Cavalry.
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Ed Aucoin was drafted in 1944 and quickly sent from south Louisiana to Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training in the U.S. Cavalry.

"I'm an old country boy, horses were no stranger to me," Aucoin said. "It was comical. We had some guys in big cities like New York, the Bronx, who had never seen a horse, other than a picture or in the zoo. They'd bring them to basic training. It was comical to see those guys react to that horse."

Aucoin said horses were used in all regions of World War 2.

"We had horses in China, Burma, North Africa, Sicily, Italy and some parts of France," Aucoin said. "Where the terrain was very rough, we used a lot of horses and mules."

Aucoin said he was relieved to hear the war had ended shortly before he was to be sent to the Pacific."

"We killed a lot of people with those two atomic bombs, but if we would have fought three years on the mainland of Japan, we would have killed that many or more people plus we would have lost all the Allies: the Americans, the Australians, the British. Everybody else that was there."

Aucoin joined the American Legion right after he got out of the service and has been with the veterans organization for 68 years.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:49 AM EDT2017-05-28 13:49:07 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

    More >>

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

    More >>
  • Lake Charles opens time capsule buried 50 years ago

    Saturday, May 27 2017 3:16 PM EDT2017-05-27 19:16:59 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>
  • Summer reading fun underway in Calcasieu Parish

    Summer reading fun underway in Calcasieu Parish

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:02 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:02:13 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library annual summer reading program is underway. The kick-off celebration was held at Prien Lake Park. It included registration, face painting, kite flying, bird house building and even Clifford the Big Red Dog. The reading program runs from now until July 7.

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library annual summer reading program is underway. The kick-off celebration was held at Prien Lake Park. It included registration, face painting, kite flying, bird house building and even Clifford the Big Red Dog. The reading program runs from now until July 7.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly