Q&A with Nick Porto
Native of Donaldsonville
What are your hobbies Mr. Porto?
To keep myself busy when things slow down some are going to the workshop. It is inviting where I make small wooden trinkets and during the winter months I enjoy deer hunting.
What is your military experience?
I was in the Army National Guard for one year, and then I decided to join the U.S. Air Force for four years and was in the Korean War for one tour of duty, which is one year.
When I completed my military duty I returned to civilian life and joined the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars but couldn’t be very active in it while working and supporting my family, but years later I became active in these units. After talking with several members from both clubs, we were interested in putting the World War II Veterans into the WWII memorial in Washington D.C., which I did. To date I have put more than 310 men and women in this memorial.
What is your fondest memory of the military?
The two memories that stick with me the most are the days in the US Air Force are the awful conditions of being in a combat zone during the Korean War and the other is the F-86 Sabre Jet, it was a fighter plane and it was sleek and a very maneuverable aircraft that we had at K-13 Air Base in Suwon, Korea.
What do you enjoy doing now?
I enjoy helping veterans in our units to secure some of their military papers that have been lost or misplaced or to apply for their medals that they have earned.
However, we have a V.A. Officer at the Courthouse to help Vets to secure their papers.
How does it feel to have been awarded Citizen of the Year?
It is an honor to receive this award, but I am sure there is someone else more deserving than I. I think the reason I won this award because of dealings with Veterans and putting WWII vets in the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. and helping to retrieve papers and awards from the personal record center in St. Louis, MO.
In his own words…
I would like to thank the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce, the outgoing President Ben Glueck, the incoming President George Rodelliat, the Board of Directors, Becky Katz, and Donna Schexnayder, and others that I may have missed. I would like to say God bless all of you and God bless America, our beautiful country!