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Ory Garard Poret Collection

Collection 347

Poret, Ory Garard (1919–2014). Collection, 1942–1945, 1972, 2000

1 scrapbook, 1 CD; 2 ½ inch

Ory Garard Poret was born on 20 April 1919 in Mansura, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. He enlisted in the United States Army on 7 January 1942, reporting for active duty on 13 January 1942. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater: Philippine Islands, New Guinea, Papua, Southern Philippines, etc. He was honorably discharged on 12 September 1945. Poret attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1946 to 1947, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While at SLI, he served as reporter for the Sigma Alpha Sigma fraternity. He was married to Sarah Becker Poret for 48 years. They had one son, John Garret Poret. Poret lived most of his life in Baton Rouge. A forty-year state career employee, he retired in 1980 as Director of the State Land Office. He was active in civic and veteran affairs. He published two books on family genealogy and numerous articles on the history of land titles in Louisiana. He passed away on 25 April 2014 at the age of 95 and is buried in Green Oaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, LA.

This collection consists of a scrapbook of photographs from Poret’s service in the military. Some of the photographs are identified by location. This scrapbook has been digitized, so a user’s copy is available on CD. Also included is “A Brief Autobiography” by Poret, Army Service material, and other writings.


A. Scrapbook Box 1-2
B. Oral History Box 2
C. Personal 3-01 through 3-02
D. Writings 3-03 through 3-05


Box 1
Scrapbook: Original
Box 2
Scrapbook: Digitized copy (CD)
Oral History: Ory Garard Poret (part 1, part 2, part 3) 3 CDs
Box 3
3-01 Personal: Recollections of Ory Poret, A Brief Autobiography, November 2000
Also includes a photocopy of autobiography
3-02 Personal: Army Service Forces, Special Orders, General Orders, and Company orders, 1942-1945
3-03 Writings: History of Land Titles in the State of Louisiana, by Poret 1972, State of Louisiana Division of Administration, State Land Office, Baton Rouge
3-04 Writings: Spanish Land Grants in Louisiana: 1757-1802, pp. 1-75 (photocopy)
3-05 Writings: Spanish Land Grants in Louisiana: 1757-1802, pp. 76-146 (photocopy)