MANEUVERS AT CANEY LAKE
By Wanda Monzingo Ballard
Wanda Monzingo Ballard, Class of 1952
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE
Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, circa 1939.Compliments of LSU Archives Special Collections; LSU Shreveport,1 Univ. 1, Shreveport, Louisiana 71115-2399
One of the last men around Minden who was at Camp Meyer is former Webster Parish Sheriff Ted Riser's father. The CCC Camp will relate to the conservation project you mentioned. Those two things go hand-in-hand, the camp was named after Dr. Mayer, who had been head of the Soil project here when he was killed in a car accident. Both also led to Caney Lake, which was an outgrowth of the Substandard lands project related to Soil Conservation. Don Hinton came to Minden with that project according to John Agan who is the official Webster Parish historian.
Is this Roy Donald Hinton born 13 August 1912 married 30 August 1940 to Jean Rathbun born 25 November 1916 died 25 June 25, 1996 and are interred in the Gardens of Memory in row 3 section 1, Garden of Faith in Minden?
The convoy passed in front of my house on Pine Street. We lived across the street from the old ice plant. Even at a very young age, I can still remember the seemingly unending line of military machines and soldiers. A vivid memory of a soldier either being killed or injured in front of my house. I have often wondered just exactly what happened as I was only 5 or 6, yet I could feel the concern of those around me and in my mind all these years was that someone was killed riding a motorcycle. Does anyone know about this?
Jerry Frasier, Class of 1955
P2167 Minden, La. WWII Gen. George Patten on Maneuvers ca 1941-This is a rare picture of the Louisiana war games on Maneuvers which came through Minden in June 1941. Traveling with the convoy was General George Patton. The convoy traveled on highway 80, passing through Minden on their first day of exercise. This convoy was more than fifty miles long.
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Wanda Monzingo Ballard, MHS, Class of 1953
War games were between Reds and Blues. I don't
recall which General commanded which but Patton
commanded the forces on East side of the Red river.
Red River was the "line" between opposing forces.
Patton's forces were camped out all over Claiborne
Parish for a little while. Then one day they
buried their trash (lots of potato's included) and
They would have crossed Dorcheat on Hwy 80 I figure.
Would surely have been an impressive sight to watch
pass by as there were hundreds of vehicles & tanks.
Next day Patton roared into Shreveport in a surprise
attack and captured it "without firing a shot" (grin).
Picture of him sitting up on his tank looking
down Texas Avenue on the Hwy 80 bridge into Shreveport
made the paper as I recall.
That would have been early June of 41 I recon.
There was about a week that kids couldn't leave the
yard while maneuvers going on. Some camped as close
as 300 yards from our house. No sign left after few
weeks to indicate that they had ever been here.
Ed Rushing, Homer High School,Class of 1955