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Beauregard Museum Featured Veteran: George Houston

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𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑟𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑁𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑢𝑚 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑎𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑣𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ, 𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑢𝑚 𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑢𝑚 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑎 𝑣𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑒𝑠.

George Houston

𝐆𝐄𝐎𝐑𝐆𝐄 𝐌. 𝐇𝐎𝐔𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐍

George M. Houston, a lifelong resident of DeRidder, served in World War II in Europe. After the war, he attended SLI in Lafayette and was later recalled to the Army during the Korean War. After his Army discharge, he went on to become owner and publisher of the 𝐵𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝐷𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑁𝑒𝑤𝑠 from 1952-84, as well as other newspapers.

Houston was appointed as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army and served in that post for 18 years. After serving as local and regional president, Houston became the National President of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and served for two terms. He was awarded the AUSA President’s Medal in 1988 for “exceptional service” to the organization over a 25-year period.

In 1995, Houston was presented with one of the Army’s highest civilian awards, the Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, by Army Secretary Togo West. He was also past president and longtime board member of the Louisiana Press Association.

Houston and his wife Gwen, along with their journalism work, were very civic-minded and were part of a list of local organizations and causes. They were also members of the First United Church of DeRidder, where Gwen served in several capacities for many years. They also researched and edited a list of historical books and papers through the years, many of which are archived at the museum.

Houston died in December 1997 at age 73. He is buried in Beauregard Cemetery with Gwen, who died just this year.