Hometown Hero: Dr. Elwyn Cavin served in WWII - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hometown Hero: Dr. Elwyn Cavin served in WWII

KPLC-TV KPLC-TV
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Elwyn Cavin had just graduated from LSU when he was called up to serve in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor.  After a year or so of training, he found himself in the Pacific war, helping the allies regain control of the Philippines from Japan.

"We didn't get much opposition from the Japanese as they moved back to Manila. But after a period of fighting, we were able to take Manila back." 

The 97 year old Cavin says he remembers a Japanese attack when a shell exploded, severely wounding a buddy next to him.

"Blood was coming from his mouth and nose. He had a big hole in his chest. I thought that I won't see him again. The medics did a wonderful job and rushed him off. 30 days later, he was back with us." 

Cavin, then a Captain in the Army, started moving his unit toward Japan for a major invasion.

"I was in charge of getting our troops on our ships when we were notified that the bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We were able to move right on in to Japan." 

After the war, he graduated from medical school and came to Lake Charles, helping to start the radiology unit at St. Patrick Hospital.

Beside Dr. Cavin along with way is his wife, Ollie. They will celebrate 70 years of marriage this fall.

Copyright 2017 KPLC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • TDL Week 8: DeRidder hosts Leesville in Game of the Week

    TDL Week 8: DeRidder hosts Leesville in Game of the Week

    Friday, October 20 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-10-20 18:45:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Hooper Trophy is up for grabs tonight when DeRidder hosts Leesville in a District 3-4A matchup. The game should be a good one as both teams enter the Touchdown Live Game of the Week with only one loss. They're also leading the district. DeRidder (5-1, 1-0) has won four straight and is coming off a 35-20 win over Tioga (5-2, 1-1), a team that needs Leesville to win to get back in the district championship picture. Leesville (6-1, 2-0) won its first two district games. A win ove...

    More >>

    The Hooper Trophy is up for grabs tonight when DeRidder hosts Leesville in a District 3-4A matchup. The game should be a good one as both teams enter the Touchdown Live Game of the Week with only one loss. They're also leading the district. DeRidder (5-1, 1-0) has won four straight and is coming off a 35-20 win over Tioga (5-2, 1-1), a team that needs Leesville to win to get back in the district championship picture. Leesville (6-1, 2-0) won its first two district games. A win ove...

    More >>
  • LIVE at 1 p.m.: Puppy Cam!

    LIVE at 1 p.m.: Puppy Cam!

    Friday, October 20 2017 1:56 PM EDT2017-10-20 17:56:08 GMT

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

    More >>

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

    More >>
  • Here's LaGrange High School Homecoming Parade route

    Here's LaGrange High School Homecoming Parade route

    Friday, October 20 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-10-20 17:40:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The LaGrange High School Homecoming Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Parade lineup will be at 1 p.m., at LaGrange Football Stadium. The parade will head south on Louisiana Avenue, then west on Walter Street, then north on Kirkman Street and back on East College Street. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    The LaGrange High School Homecoming Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Parade lineup will be at 1 p.m., at LaGrange Football Stadium. The parade will head south on Louisiana Avenue, then west on Walter Street, then north on Kirkman Street and back on East College Street. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly