In 1755 the British began their forced deportation of the Acadian population of Nova Scotia, or Acadie, as it was known to the Acadians before the control of their region by the British. The Acadians were torn from heir Families, their farms and all their possessions and from the land that they had loved and developed. They were dispersed along the east coast of the British colonies from Maine to Georgia, and to England and France. Their wanderings took them from Canada to Europe and from the United States to as far south as the Falkland Islands. The Arceneaux's landed in Louisiana where Louis Arceneaux established a home near Opelousas. Legend has it that Louis was immortalized by Longfellow in his Poem "Evangeline". For more on this see: http://www.cajunculture.com/Other/Evangeline.htm. For additional information send request to: Arceneaux Descendants Acadiens, Inc. P. O. Box 53054, Lafayette, LA 70505-3054.
- Edgar and Edna (Daddy & Momma) Arceneaux (104 KB)
Daddy and Momma an early picture of them
- The Arceneaux Girls (189 KB)
The Edgar Arceneaux Family Girls, Front - Suzanne, Second Row- Motsy(Deceased),Edna(Nana), Doris(Deceased), Aline, Back-
Lucille ( Deceased)
- The Edgar Arceneaux Family Boys (44 KB)
The Arceneaux Boys, Patrick, Robert, Edgar(Brother,Deceased), Charlie, and Francis
- Donald (1 KB)
This is our Brother Donald, lost off the Florida coast while searching for lost Navy Fliers.
Donald was lost when the plane he was in crashed off the Florida coast while searching for Naval Flyers lost in the Bermuda Triangle. On December 5, 1945 a flight of 3 Navy TBM’s was reported overdue and presumed down somewhere off the coast of Florida. This was Flight 19 that was reported lost in the "Bermuda Triangle". At 7:30 p.m. Donald joined 3 aviators and 9 other crew members in A PBM patrol plane in the search for Flight 19. The following is an excerpt from an article in the Naval Aviation News (Jun.1973)
"The Loss Of Flight 19"
"One search aircraft was lost during the operation. At 1927,(5,December,1945) PBM-5, Buno 59225, was airborne from Banana River with 3 aviators aboard and a crew of 10. At 1930, the aircraft radioed an "out" report to its home base and was not heard from again. Cruising off the coast of Florida, the tanker S.S. Gaines Mills was sailing through the dark night when it sent the following message, "At 1950, observed a burst of flames, apparently an explosion, leaping flames 100 feet high and burning for ten minutes. Position 28 degrees 59 minutes north, 80 degrees 25 minutes west. At present, passing through a big pool of oil. Stopped, circled area using searchlights, looking for survivors. None found." Her captain later confirmed that he saw a plane catch fire and immediately crash, exploding upon the sea. A message from USS Solomons (CVE 67), which was participating in the search, later confirmed both the merchantman's report and the fears of many at Banana River. "Our air search radar showed a plane after takeoff from Banana River last night joining with another plane, (the second PBM) then separating and proceeding on course 045 degrees at exact time S.S. Gaines Mills sighted flames and in exact spot the above plane disappeared from the radar screen and never reappeared." No wreckage was sighted and according to witnesses there was little like
- Richard (11 KB)
Our Brother Richard,who survived 30 missions over Germany during WWII as well as a number of flights during the Korean war, passed away after surgery to remove brain tumor.
He was the navigator of a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 351st Bombardment Group and was decorated with a third Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal for "meritorious achievement" on more than a score of combat missions over Europe. The citation accompanying the award read in part: "The courage, coolness and skill displayed by this officer upon these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States."
It goes on to say that "Lt. Arceneaux, 20 years old, was graduated from Carencro High School in 1941 and before entering the army June 1, 1943, was a student at Southwestern Louisiana Institute. His Parents are Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Arceneaux. Their daughter Lt. (j.g.) Aline Arceneaux, is in the WAVES in Washington, D.C. Two sons -- Donald and Edgar -- are in the Navy."
- Oak Leaf Cluster (284 KB)
Newspaper Article of Richard receiving his 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster