My mother-in-law’s wartime scrapbook

My beautiful mother-in-law grew up during World War II.

My mother-in-law, Carmen May LeBleu Guilbeau, grew up on a farm in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. She was born in 1928. Flipping through a scrapbook she put together as a young woman, it quickly became evident to me how much World War II impacted her.

There’s photo after photo of servicemen. Clipping after clipping of servicemen. These had to be boys – and girls – she knew from school or church (probably both). Some probably were distant relatives since Louisiana Catholic families tend to have lots of relatives. I started wondering how many of them came home.

This newspaper clipping has survived 75 years in my mother-in-law’s scrapbook.

Wilbert and Wilfred were the twin sons of John and Emma Hebert. I’m pretty sure they were my mother-in-law’s cousins. Both made it back home from the war.


More Heberts! Let’s hope this doesn’t turn out like “Saving Private Ryan.” Four brothers fighting in the same war. No worries. All survived. Can you imagine how worried their parents were?


Here’s another set of siblings from Jefferson Davis Parish who served their country. Inez Migues was a schoolteacher who joined the WAAC. She and her brothers all attended Kinder High School, where Roland was a football star.

All made it back home, but Alvin died young from collapsed lungs.


No doubt this was another distant relative since my mother-in-law’s grandmother was a Langley. Claude died in 2004. By the way, his father’s name really was Fernest. That’s not a misprint.

A page from the scrapbook


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