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Part 1 (2007)

Louisiana's Experience: World War II



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-6

Duration: 00:56:20

Subjects: World War II | Military | Veterans | Louisiana Maneuvers | Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958 | FLYING TIGERS | Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 | Higgins Industries | Higgins Boats | Fighter pilots | Harding Field (La.) | Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.) | Submarines (Ships) | Camp Beauregard (La.) | Burns, Ken, 1953-


  • Whitfield, Lynn Narrator
  • Whinham, Charlie Narrator
  • Ambrose, Stephen Interviewee
  • Stroud, Ansel Interviewee
  • Walk, Frank Interviewee
  • Moran, Richard Interviewee
  • Drummond, Maury Interviewee
  • Segura, Joy Interviewee
  • Zanka, John Interviewee
  • Jones, Ed Interviewee
  • Gros, Willie Interviewee
  • Strahan, Jerry Interviewee
  • Haddock, Graham Interviewee
  • McDerby, Richard A. Interviewee
  • Spedale, Billy Interviewee
  • Aanenson, Quentin Interviewee
  • Bulechek, Annelle Henderson Interviewee
  • Warren, Dan Interviewee
  • Church, Robert Interviewee
  • Crist, C.J. Interviewee
  • Richard, Robert Interviewee
  • Carron, George Interviewee
  • Labatut, Ivy Interviewee
  • Hutchins, Ray Interviewee
  • Schroeder, Harry Interviewee
  • Tetter, Carl Interviewee
  • Courtney, Beth Interviewer
  • Burns, Ken Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana’s Experience: World War II” from September 6, 2007, features stories related to Louisiana’s World War II veterans and the state’s contributions to the war effort. These stories include: the Louisiana Maneuvers of 1940-1941; General Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers; the eyewitness accounts of three Louisiana survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, John Zanka, Ed Jones, and Willie Gros; the creation of the Higgins Boats by Higgins Industries in New Orleans; a profile of fighter pilot Quentin Aanenson and his training camp at Harding Field in Baton Rouge; a profile of Annelle Henderson Bulechek, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP); the discovery of the sunken German submarine U-166 in the Gulf of Mexico; and a 2001 reunion of the 760th Tank Battalion, including interviews with veterans Robert Richard, George Carron, Ivy Labatut, Ray Hutchins, Harry Schroder, and Carl Tetter. This program also includes Beth Courtney’s interview with filmmaker Ken Burns on his World War II documentary, “The War.” Narrators: Lynn Whitfield and Charlie Whinham