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Louis Andrew Acklen
Birth: Jul. 30, 1920
Claiborne Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1943

Louis Andrew Acklen was lost at sea on March 1, 1943 and left his young wife, Pat, a widow. He was also survived by his father and mother, Charley Homer and Evie Cardwell Acklen, brothers L. P. Acklen and J. E. Acklen of Texas City, Texas, Jim J. and Homer D. Acklen of Minden, LA, Wm. E. "Bill" Acklen of Baton Rouge, LA, and sisters Marie Acklen Moorehead of Minden, LA, and Mary Lou Acklen.

Siblings' memorials:
James E. "Shorty" Acklen 5797201
Homer Dee Acklen
L. P. Acklen
Marie Acklen Moorehead
Mary Lou Acklen Lilly

Louis joined the Navy and was the only casualty of the SS Fitz John Porter that was hit broadside and sunk by a torpedo in the South Atlantic on March 1, 1943 around 12:30 AM.

It was a full moon and the sea was as smooth as glass. One could see for miles. Uncle Louis' friend, Lawrence "Larry" Lafontaine was on bow watch duty in his gun tub when he saw something in the water about 4 feet in front of him. He called the captain on his battle 'phone and told him a torpedo had just gone under him and the captain said it was probably a dolphin. Larry ran back and woke up the gunnery officer and he told all men to man their guns. Larry told others to wake up Uncle Louis. Nobody did. A torpedo hit directly on top of him.

Information recently received by Mr. Lafontaine from the German Navy---"6 missfired shots and 8 dud torpedoes were fired at us and sinking us. We were off the coast of Brazil position 12.245,36.56w--GridFJ9411".

The Submarine was U-518--Commanded by Capt.Friedrich-Wilhelm Wisermann -- German Navy

Below is a poem written in August 2007 by Larry Lafontaine, Louis' best friend on the SS Fitz John Porter, that we have come to know and love in the past few years...

S.S. Fitz-John Porter

It was on March First 1943
Twelve Months I had been at Sea

As I stood watch in my Gun Tub
We were Torpedoed by a German Sub

Three Torpedoes came our way
One hit and two went astray

At three O'Clock in the morning
We were sunk with out warning

I loved this Old Liberty Ship
Under the waves she started to slip

We got in Life Boats and rowed away
Hoping to fight another day

I lost my friend Lewis that day
He has gone to a better place I Pray

We were picked up by a Brazilian ship
Who had gave the German Sub the slip.

Family links: 
  Charley Homer Acklen (1875 - 1962)
  Evie Effie Cardwell Acklen (1881 - 1950)
  L. P. Acklen (1906 - 1979)*
  Homer Dee Acklen (1907 - 1981)*
  James E. Acklen (1909 - 2001)*
  Marie Acklen Moorehead (1910 - 1985)*
  William E. Acklen (1912 - 2000)*
  Louis Andrew Acklen (1920 - 1943)
*Calculated relationship
Minden City Cemetery
Webster Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Linda Holt Moorehead
Record added: Jan 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13129968
Louis Andrew Acklen
Added by: Linda Holt Moorehead
Louis Andrew Acklen
Added by: Linda Holt Moorehead
Louis Andrew Acklen
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With sincere gratitude for your service to our country by defending our freedom. May you rest forevermore in the arms of our Lord.
- Mairbair57
 Added: Jun. 29, 2015
Honoring you today on Memorial Day, Uncle Louis.
- James, Linda and family
 Added: May. 25, 2015
Thinking of you today on July 4th, Uncle Louis. You gave your all!
- James and Linda
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014
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