July 4th Hometown Celebration Grand Marshall Bios

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
The 2013 Grand Marshals were honored at the Fourth of July Celebration at the Water Front Park Pavillion. The Iberville Parish Daughters of the American Revolution presented each veteran a commemorative flag, which was presented by Verna Roberts, DAR member and Brenda Babin, Veteran and Flag Chairman. From left, Danny Sanchez, Drew Mire, Andy Mire, Johnny Zito, Verna Roberts, Ralph Babin, Brenda Babin, Ed Clement, and Harry Banta. Not Pictured Billy Case.

Name: Ralph Babin

Spouse's name: Brenda Babin

Children's names: Allison Montgomery

What is/was your line of work after military service? Ethyl Corp, Lab Tech, 20 years retired; City of Plaquemine, nine years; St. John the Evangelist Church.

Branch of military: ARMY

Ranking: SPECIALIST 5TH Class

Age: 72

Where were you stationed during active duty?

Headquarters & Headquarters, Korea. (near DMZ).

What do you remember most about your military service?

Observing on DMZ on Christmas Eve night. How everyone must work as one to complete the assignment. Discipline.

Name: Harry Banta

Married: widowed

Children's Names: Roxanna, Gina, Laurie, Harry Jr.

What is/was your line of work after military service?

Construction worker and truck Driver.

Branch of military: Army

Ranking: CPL

Age: 81

What war or conflict did you service? Korean

Where were you stationed during active duty? Germany

Name: Johnny Zito

Spouse's Name: Josephine Canova Zito

Children's Names: Peggy Jo Grooms and Andrew Zito

What is/was your line of work after military service?

Worked at Allied Chemical in Baton Rouge as CPI. I now own and manage apartments in Plaquemine.

Branch of military: Army - Infantry

Ranking: TEC5

Age: 88 years old

What war or conflict did you service?

WWII – Battle of the Bulge

What special honors, of any, did you receive while in military? Eametoned; Good Conduct Medal; Purple Heart; WWII Victory Medal

Where were you stationed during active duty? Europe

What do you remember most about your military service? I was wounded crossing the Rhine River and my sergeant carried me across the river on his back. I recuperated in Paris, France and was then sent to Belgium. I went to Switzerland and will always remember how beautiful it was.

Name: Harry W. Case, Jr.

Spouse's Name: Joyce

Children's Names: Sheryl, Carolyn, Cy, Kenneth

What is/was your line of work after military service? rigger on derrick barge offshore; gauger in oil field; independent oil field contractor

Branch of military: Louisiana Army National Guard- 9 years

Ranking: Spec 5

Age: 77 years old

What war or conflict did you service?

None

What special honors, of any, did you receive while in military?

Best marksman in Division

Where were you stationed during active duty?

Plaquemine – anti-aircraft unit

New Iberia – rifle company

What do you remember most about your military service?

The training I received from two members of the Special Forces who served in WWII. The many lifelong friends I served with.

Name: Edward Clement, Jr.

Spouse's Name: Kathleen Callahan Clement

Children's Names: None

What is/was your line of work after military service? Teacher, Sales, Security Guard

Branch of military: Air Force

Ranking: Staff Sergeant

Age: 68

What war or conflict did you service? Viet Nam Era

What special honors, of any, did you receive while in military?

Armed Forces Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal

Where were you stationed during active duty? Florida, Philippines, California

What do you remember most about your military service?

Flights in C47 and C54 aircrafts as an airborne Radio Operator to military bases in Viet Nam allowed me to experience firsthand the beautiful country and how nice the people were that we met.

Scheduling and maintaining logs of pilots' flight physical and examination.

Name: Danny Sanchez

Spouse's Name: Gina

Children's Names: Trish Gueho, Danya Broussard

What is/was your line of work after military service?

25 yrs as a computer programmer for Georgia Gulf. Last 10-years as the Fixed Assets Coordinator for the Iberville Parish Council.

Branch of military: Louisiana Army National Guard – 769th Engineering Battalion

Ranking: Specialist 4th Class

Name: Andy Mire (Gustave A. Mire, II)

Spouse's Name: Brenda

Children's Names: Mallori Champayne, Drew

What is/was your line of work after military service? Worked 25 years at Georgia Gulf, 10 years at St. John School and church, vurrently service as the Building Maintenance Supervisor at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

Branch of military: Marine

Ranking: Sergeant Corporal

Age: 55

What war or conflict did you service? Peacetime Veteran, deployed on WESRTPAC attached to the USS Raccine as the Marine counterpart.

What special honors, of any, did you receive while in military? Rifle Expert Badge, Certificate of Achievement, Letter of Appreciations, Good Conduct Medal.

Where were you stationed during active duty? State side: El Torro, California; Yuma, Az; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

What do you remember most about your military service? Seeing the world

Drew Mire (Gustave A. Mire, III)

What is/was your line of work after military service? Work for Petroleum Service Company SGS at Dow Chemical, Plaquemine.

Branch of military: Marine

Ranking: Corporal

Age: 25

What war or conflict did you service? Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2011)

What special honors, of any, did you receive while in military?

Multiple letters of accommodation; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Award for my positive influence in the targeting and detainment of enemy personnel.

Where were you stationed during active duty? Camp Lejeune NC

Deployments: Ramadi Iraq (2008) and Delaram Afghanistan (2011).

What do you remember most about your military service? The thing I remember most about the military is the sense of brotherhood I developed with individuals from across the country. The bond that is shard while deployed overseas is indescribable; I can only say that they will all be lifelong friends that I drop anything to help them.