A Navy veteran considered an expert on blimps will speak Tuesday (May 21) about the Houma naval air station’s role in World War II.
Richard Van Treuren will address the Military Roundtable Discussion Group during a free public gathering at Houma’s main library. Coffee and conversation will start at 5 p.m.; Van Treuren will begin his lecture at 6 p.m.
On display will be records, news articles, photographs and artifacts from the war years. On the morning of May 22, a reunion group will take a tour of the Houma airport, site of the former Navy blimp base, ending with a lunch at a local restaurant.
The Regional Military Museum in Houma wants to be the leading information center for the blimp base’s history. Anyone with photos, artifacts or stories of the period is asked to visit the museum at 1154 Barrow St.
Mr. Van Treuren lectured to a “mini reunion” in 2004 in Houma. He is editor of “The Noon Balloon,” the official publication of the Naval Airship Association.