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Jan 21, 2013 3:19 PM by KATC

Donation to the Acadian Museum

The Ledet family of Abbeville, represented by Claude Ledet, Jr., donated some artifacts to the Acadian Museum of Erath and the Louisiana Military Museum in Abbeville in memory of Conrad C. Derouen, Sr., a prominent Erath businessman and philanthropist, who was married to Mable Theriot.

Donated to the Acadian Museum was a framed photograph taken of the outstanding race horse "Cons Boy," co-owned by Conrad C. Derouen, Sr. and his race horse trainer, Junius Delahoussaye, a Louisiana Legend for whom the Junius Delahoussaye Memorial Sprint is held annually at Evangeline Downs.

The military medals awarded posthumously to Derouen's son Conrad "Snookie" Derouen, Jr., who was killed in 1944 at the battle of Saipan in the South Pacific-and his body was buried at sea-during WWII, were donated to the Louisiana Military Museum in Abbeville. Representing the Marine Corps League were Richard Dubois, Paul Mier, Oris Belanger and Glenn Suire, who accepted the medals on behalf of the museum.

On November 9, 2009, the U. S. Congress passed House Resolution 2972 by Congressman Charles Boustany designating the Post Office in Erath as the "Conrad Derouen, Jr. Post Office." In the 1950s, when Erath High School was expanded, Derouen donated the cinder track in memory of his son. The items donated were in the custody of Conrad Ledet, who was named after "Snookie" Derouen. Also participating in the presentation was Inez Vincent, Acadian Museum volunteer and friend of Derouen, who had sent a letter to her just two days prior to his death. The letter was also donated to the museum by Vincent.

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