Freddie John Falgout, a native of Raceland, LA was killed on the USS Augusta in 1937 while the ship was on the China Sea. A stray shell from a Japanese warship meant for the Chinese hit the USS Augusta killing Falgout instantly. Following exhaustive investigations, Freddie John Falgout was officially honored as the first casualty of World War II. The Congressional Record of October 15, 1987, certifies Freddie with this great honor.
A splendid display of this historic event, along with many of Falgout's and his family's personal pictures, can be seen at the Lafourche Visitor Welcome Center located at 4484 LA Hwy.1 in Raceland. The memorial is on the Visitor Center grounds. Freddie's tomb can be visited at the St. Mary's Nativity Church Cemetery, five miles north of the welcome center on LA Hwy. 1.