Pascagoula Officially Designated World War II Heritage: On Singing River Island, the heartbeat of Pascagoula, a historic moment unfolded as the city was officially declared a World War II Heritage City.
The event drew WWII veterans, active-duty heroes, and city dignitaries, including the likes of Louis Casebonne, a proud Army veteran of WWII and the Korean War. In his own words, witnessing this day was nothing short of remarkable. “It’s a great occasion,” he shared, “I’m really proud to be here amongst a generation who served.”
For Casebonne, whose military service spanned challenging times, his wife became his beacon of positivity. “I served in Germany and I married a war bride, so I didn’t miss too much at home,” he quipped.
Another distinguished Army veteran, Arthur Jones, reflected on his 24 years of service, acknowledging the honor of standing alongside those who fought in WWII. “The designation that the World War II veterans have of being the greatest generation was well deserved and earned,” Jones remarked. He hopes today’s active-duty personnel will view their service with the same sense of pride.
“They have opportunities that didn’t exist back then, so I think it’s a great opportunity for the young people today,” Jones added, a sentiment echoed by Casebonne. “They have a lot of new programs and everything that offers them a great life.”
While recognizing the differences between military life then and now, both Casebonne and Jones emphasize the enduring common goal—to serve our country.
Pascagoula earned its WWII Heritage City status due to the significant shipbuilding contributions during WWII, a legacy that continues to shape its powerhouse presence today.