Beauregard unveils new WWII museum

By Special to the American Press

The Beauregard Veteran’s Day Celebration will be held Friday, Nov. 9, at the War Memorial Civic Center at the USO building

in DeRidder. The guest speaker is Captain Rachel Z. Smith of Fort Polk.

The unveiling of the War Room Museum display will be at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. there will be a free luncheon for all veterans

and spouses.

The museum’s collection comes from artifacts collected by DeRidder historian Velmer Smith. Her large collection of military

memorabilia from World War II had previously been a part of her private museum, The War Room, since 1996.

Artifacts at the exhibit include the

top-secret Norden Bombsight, C Rations, a Heart-felt Bible, Buchenwald


camp items, captured Japanese items and a decoded German message

dated Jan. 6, 1945, about the 21st Panzer Division planning

to attack the U.S. VI Corps in “Operation Feuchtinger.”

On Feb. 25, 1946, the American Legion

purchased the USO building from the U. S. government and donated it to

the Beauregard

Parish Police Jury. The building is now known as the War Memorial

Civic Center, in honor of 47 young men from this area who

were killed in World War II.

The museum is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturdays by special arrangements, excluding holidays.

The event is sponsored by Progressive, Waste Solutions, K&K Meat Market, and C&B Organization.

For more information, call Carlos Archield at 337-348-6054 or the War Memorial Civic Center at 337-463-7212.

The USO building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at the corner of Seventh Street and La. 27

southbound, across from the hospital.