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St. Tammany Parish Library Podcast

Feb 21, 2019

This episode features highlights from the Veterans History Project, an oral history collection featuring interviews with veterans that call St. Tammany Parish home.


Nov 30, 2018

Yeoman Second Class Sherman Elfert was born in New Orleans.  He enlisted in the Navy for World War II and remained in service for the Korean War.  He served aboard the USS Holton in both the European and North African theatres and was present for the Surrender of Japan.  He was awarded several medals that were lost in...


Nov 30, 2018

Staff Sgt. Francis Drake was born in Chestertown, NY.  He enlisted with the US Marines and then the US Navy. He switched because he wanted to travel more. He was stationed in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Bermuda, and Italy.  He worked as an aircraft mechanic and test cell supervisor, which later helped him land jobs...


Nov 30, 2018

Sgt. Theodore Penton was born in Picayune, Mississippi but grew up in Pearl River.  He enlisted in the Army and served three tours in Vietnam.  He took part in Tet 68 and Tet 69 and was awarded the combat infantry badge, the Bronze Star with Valor, and the Purple Heart for his service with the 101st Airborne and the...


Nov 30, 2018

Staff Sgt. Joseph Foto was also born in New Orleans.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps for World War II and was an aerial gunner on B-24s as a member of the 15th Air Force, 459th Bomb Group, 479th Squadron, stationed in Fogia, Italy. On his 13th mission, his plane went down and he was stranded in Italy for 50 days.  He...