E. B. Robinson, Jr.
Pharmacist Mate 1st Class
U. S. Navy
WWII US Military
Dates of Service: 10/05/1942 - 02/05/1946
Pharmacist Mate, LCI 971

Elzer Beatty Robinson (he prefers the initials E.B.) was born in Bernice, Louisiana, at the home of his grandparents. The elder of two sons of Elzer Beatty, a pharmacist, and Sarah Carnelite Docier Robinson, he was six weeks old when the family moved to Homer, Louisiana, where he grew up. E.B. played football as a running back at Homer High School, where he graduated in 1939. A pre-med major, he attended Louisiana Tech for a semester and played football. Injured, he transferred to Centenary College in Shreveport on a football scholarship. E.B. enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1942 in New Orleans. "My daddy told me I was going in the Navy, and so I had no reason to dispute him." After boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center he was selected to train as a medic. He was first sent to the naval hospital in New Orleans, where, he recalls, he gave a medical check-up to the actor, Robert Taylor. He then shipped out to the South Pacific, landing first at Bora Bora, then New Guinea where he served as pharmacist mate aboard LCI-971, an infantry landing craft. Much of the time the craft was used as a utility ship. "We crossed the equator, I think, fourteen times," he recalls. E.B. returned to the States after the war and was discharged in February of 1946. He entered Louisiana State University, finished medical school, practiced a year in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and served his residency at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport. Four years later he opened a practice in Bossier City specializing in general surgery and family medicine. On October 27, 1950 he married Margaret Straughan. (They would have four children, two living grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.) He helped found Bossier Medical Center in 1965, and served on its board before retiring in April of 1989.