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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.
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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.

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