Shreveport Honors Louisiana’s Oldest Veteran, 101-Year-Old John Pettaway
John Pettaway is Louisiana's oldest veteran. Born on June 4, 1911, he was one of the first African Americans to have served during World War II.
Pettaway received a letter and a Congressional Medal of Honor along with a letter of commendation from President Barack O'bama. He was honored at a Veterans Affairs news conference in Shreveport this Tuesday.
Married 70 years to the same woman, Pettaway came from the generation that brought freedom to Europe and stopped the tyranny that began in Germany during World War II.
On the same day Pettaway was honored in Shreveport, it was announced that the Veterans Home in Bossier has obtained a four star rating. The Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery located in Shreveport is also one of the finest military cemeteries in the country.