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Earl Hollingsworth one of last WWII vets

By Col. Benjamin Vanderport

Guest contributor, Beauregard Daily News

One of the oldest World War II veterans living in DeRidder is Earl Hollingsworth.

At the age of 97, his mind is as sharp as a tack and he is still able to walk around using only a hiking stick.

Hollingsworth was born in Singer and grew up hunting and fishing, a hobby that he has enjoyed his whole life.

In the summer of 1939 before WW II, Hollingsworth married the love of his life, Violet Pruitt.

The young couple moved to the Lake Charles/Sulphur area and lived there until Hollingsworth was sent his draft notice.

A couple of Hollingsworth’s cousins, Otis and Earl Rogers along with his brother-in-law Edgar Pruitt were also on the list.

Hollingsworth and his cousins decided that they would try and get into the US Army Air Corps.

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