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LSU Looking For Descendants Of Men Honored At Memorial Oak Grove

Posted at 5:22 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 06:22:04-04

Press Release From LSU:


BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Memorial Oak Grove is being reimagined as a prominent place of remembrance, and on Sunday, Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a rededication ceremony will be held on campus. Leading up to the rededication ceremony in November, LSU is looking for friends, relatives and descendants of the former LSU students and alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and are honored in the Memorial Oak Grove. Please see the full list below.

Milton W. Adams 1916-1917 Natchitoches
Leslie Phillip Backes 1916-1918 New Orleans
Lawrence Edward Brogan 1909-1910 Baton Rouge
David Jenkins Ewing, Jr. LLB 1916 New Orleans
John F. Goodrich BS 1909 Highland
Ike Hahn Gottlieb BS 1913 Baton Rouge
James Oliphant Hall BA 1913 Calcasieu Parish
Henry N. Huck 1916-1917 Independence
Leslie Carl Hunt BS 1918 Tucker
John Seymour Joseph 1912-1913 Eunice
Alan Louis Labbe 1907-1909 St. Martinville
David Thompson Land, Jr. BS 1915 Shreveport
Ireanus J. Lietemeyer 1902-1903 New Iberia
Phillip John McMahon 1912-1916 Thibodaux
Lewis Hypolite Martin BA 1911 Breaux Bridge
Alan Loughery Melton 1916-1917 Coushatta
Wear F. Milling 1908-1910 Franklin
William Digby Morgan BS 1907 Tangipahoa
Cecil Anthony Neuhauser BS 1911 Slidell
Jasper Joseph Neyland BA 1914 Washington
David J. Ory Reserve
Walter Asbury Phillips 1910-1913 Barbreck
Maurice Joseph Picheloup, Jr. 1909-1910 New Orleans
Thomas James Powell, Jr. 1901-1903 Lake Providence
Daune Horton Rutledge 1914-1918 Robeline
Julian Bowles Sanford BS 1900 Rapides Parish
Stuart Doremus Simonton BS 1917 Vernon
Charles Nichols Singletary 1914-1917 Sugartown
Wilburn Edward Scott BA 1912 Kingston
Henry Ras Thomas 1917-1918 Collins, Miss.
Charles P. Willis 1912-1913 Shreveport


LSU’s military traditions date from its founding in 1860. As with other institutions which have a strong military history and heritage, LSU experienced the pain caused by the loss of lives of many of its alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation’s armed forces. Several memorials have been established on campus in their honor and serve as vivid reminders of their service and sacrifice.

The Memorial Oak Grove was dedicated on March 12, 1926, to honor the 30 LSU men who lost their lives in the war. Thirty-one live oak trees were planted, one for each of the fallen and one for an unknown soldier, as a living reminder of their sacrifice and service to the country. Plans have been in the works to improve the landscaping and to provide an educational component to tell the story of those who are memorialized, the grove itself and the war.

The rededication ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, and the general public is invited to attend. More details on the ceremony will be forthcoming.

For more information or if you know one of the men honored at the Memorial Oak Grove, please contact LSU Biological Sciences Professor Gary King at