Arthur J. DeLaune, Jr.
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class - 1st LT
U. S. Navy
Korean War
WWII US Military
Dates of Service: 09/15/1944 - 03/17/1952 - 06/28/1946 - 02/28/1954
Gunner's Mate

Art was born in Shreveport at Schumpert Hospital, an only child of Arthur J. DeLaune, Sr., and Lydia Morris DeLaune. His father worked for City Services Refinery in Bossier City, then in Lake Charles. City Services, he recalls, "is the only oil company in this country that did not lay off one person during the Depression. "They cut the hours back, but they cut them back so everybody had a little money coming in. So we lived pretty good, really," he says. As a teenager Art ran a paper route at Barksdale Field for The Shreveport Times, and carried groceries at Big Chain. He graduated from Bossier High School in May of 1944, then briefly lived in Lake Charles where he worked briefly at a Cities Services refinery before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. "I was kind of looking for a decent place to sleep every night that was dry, and a few hot meals," he says of joining the Navy. He entered boot camp in September of 1944 in San Diego. He shipped out to Okinawa, arriving there aboard the USS La Grange (APA-124) about two months after the invasion of the island in April of 1945. Art was serving as a gunner's mate 3rd class, but was in charge of a supply depot armory with about 500 rifles and ammunition. While there he survived a typhoon, spending a night in a burial cave. Art returned to America in early 1946, and was discharged in New Orleans. He enrolled at McNeese State in Lake Charles in September of 1946, where he played football on scholarship. After two years he transferred to Louisiana State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering in January of 1952, using the GI Bill to finance his education. Meanwhile, on December 26, 1949 he married Rose Ann Scurria. (They would have two sons.) Art took ROTC in LSU and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Soon after graduating he was called to active duty for the Korean War. He completed both radar officers' school and artillery officers' school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Ordered to Korea in early 1953, he arrived at Inchon and was trucked north of Seoul to the position--a fire support outpost near the frontline infantry to call in fire support. He was there only a few days when his unit of 14 radar men arrived. "We were assigned to a South Korean unit the whole time. So we had to go back to the nearest American unit for our meals and everything," he says. Often, that was "depending on the situation, maybe two miles, maybe five miles." They moved by truck "four, maybe five times in the time we went there." Art's first sergeant was John Long (See OH-468). He recalls Hollywood entertainers coming to Korea. "I've seen the times in Korea we'd sit out in the weather for two or three hours waiting for one of those shows to start," he says. Art went to Japan twice on rest and recuperation trips. He came home on a 14-day voyage, and was discharged at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He soon began a 30-year career for Ethyl Corporation, working in cities in Louisiana and Texas. Art traveled considerably on company business, driving at least 40,000 miles a year. He was an account representative when he retired. Rose Ann passed away in 1981. He married Marie Lauhorn a year later. Art was an account representative for Ethyl when he retired. He later went to work for Enterprise, the rental car company, delivering cars to offices.