By: ELIZABETH WEST
Steve Hallam poses in front of his living room fireplace. Sitting atop the mantle are The Mayflower and USS Constitution. Nestled between the ships is a model of the Continental Army. As Hallam pointed out, “George (Washington) is over here. Here is the boyking Marquis De Lafayette and then Rochambleu with his ubiqitous maps.” (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
A series of coincidences has led Steve Hallam a world away to Ville Platte, La., and has led him to publish his father’s memoirs as a diplomat in the U.S. State Department.
The reflection of light can be seen on the underneath portion of the blade of the helicopter on display at the War Memorial at Evangeline Parish Courthouse Square in downtown Ville Platte. The helicopter, as well as two artillery guns, were cleaned and repainted over the weekend by soldiers at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)
J.D. Soileau is proud that he fought during the Vietnam War for the country he loved, and still does love.