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The Marine Story - Program #4

May 3rd, 2008

Another show in our series of Marine Corps adventures starring William Bendix from 1947-48.  This episode looks at Francis De Bellevue, a hero of the Battle of New Orleans.  Doesn't Bendix sound like a New Orleans native in this one?

The original disc has a warp that affects the sound for the first couple of minutes.  An Orthacoustic disc produced by NBC's Radio Recording Division and pressed by RCA, matrix HD7-MM-11941  There's a pencil notation on the label that is was played on WMIN on 2-1-48.

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  • Claire Harris

    Francois Godefroy Barbin DeBellevue was my great-great-great-grandfather; a hero and Lt. Commander of the Marine company in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Francois was one of 7 children born to first generation Creoles.

    Thank you so much for providing this recording online. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this fictitious story.

    Aug 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm
  • Patricia Ellyn Powell

    What a joy to hear this! I feel right at home. My mother’s family has DeBellevues and my father’s side has Stonewall Jackson! What larks! Yes, corny…but such fun! The accents! Lordy! I love it. THANKS to Cousin Pierre Normand…and to our lucky stars for such connections as this! The voice of Lafitte! Geez. Life is good.

    Aug 4, 2009 at 9:33 pm
  • sandra barbin tassin

    this is my dads many greats granddad thank you its great to have something like this thanks to you

    Aug 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm
  • Pierre G. Normand, Jr.

    My Google searches for Francois Godefroi Barbin de Bellevue finally steered me to this recording when I purposely misspelled his name as “Francis DeBellevue.” I posted a link to this on the “Barbin DeBellevue” Facebook Group, so now many Barbin DeBellevue descendants can hear this. As Claire Harris of Houston pointed out, First Lieutenant Francois de Bellevue, Commander of the Marines at the final Battle of New Orleans, was a French-speaking New Orleanean, whose grandparents were all native-born French. Undoubtedly, he would have been fluent in both Spanish and English as well, but would have been most comfortable with the New Orleans French that he grew up speaking at home. I can assure everyone that no one ever called him “Frank,” least of all a brother who was not named “Hal,” but was an older brother named “Louis Jacques Barbin” (my grt-grt-grt-grfthr) and who served as a recruiting officer in New Orleans prior to the Battle. Nevertheless, I enjoyed hearing the voice of William Bendix again, and listening to this fictitious account of “Lieutenant Frank DeBellevue”.

    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm