Orville C. Gowen Sr. served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1953. The fireman apprentice served aboard the USS Pine Island, one of the 13 ships that were part of Operation Highjump, officially titled “The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program 1946-47.”
Operation Highjump was a Navy operation organized by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Jr. in 1946. Task Force 68 included 4,700 men, 13 ships and multiple aircraft. The primary mission of Operation Highjump was to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.
As with many LaRue County families, the Marvin Allen family has served their country long and well.
Four of five sons answered the call to service during World War II. Harvey, Leamon, Charles and Haynes all served in the Pacific, and were overseas at the same time.
The fifth son, Ruel, could not serve because of a heart condition. Ironically, it was his children who represented the next generation in the service. Harold served in Germany, Gussie in the States and Charles in Vietnam.
The LaRue County Health Department – in partnership with the LaRue County Extension office – is offering a 10-week weight loss program at the LaRue County Senior Center, 112 N. Walters Ave., Hodgenville. The class begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to anyone in the community. If you are interested in participating and would like more information, contact Diana Leathers at the LaRue County Health Department at 270-358-3844 or Theresa Howard at the Extension office at 270-358-3401.