We have lined up Paul Hillard and Greg Saloom to be our guest speakers.
Gregory is the youngest son of Yvonne and the late Judge Kaliste Saloom, Jr. He was born and raised in Lafayette, and a graduate of LSU, Tulane Law School and the Army’s Command and General Staff College. Greg’s military service included serving as a Judge Advocate General’s Officer (JAG Army lawyer) and executive aide to several Generals. He retired after nearly 30 years of combined service in the U.S. Army, Army Reserves and Department of the Army Civilian. Greg is a decorated U.S. foreign war veteran of the U.S. Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a retired JAG, he remains highly respected amongst the veteran and military community as a consummate volunteer who continues to provide countless hours of volunteer help and legal assistance to fellow retirees, service members and their families. Currently, Greg is an Attorney at Law in private practice and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisiana in the Criminal Justice Department. He frequently serves as a guest lecturer for civic organizations on his military experiences, military history and legal issues involving veterans. Greg is married to the lovely Shari; they have two children, Katherine and Jordan.
Paul Hilliard, a WWII veteran, lives in Lafayette, Louisiana where he is also a veteran of independent oil and gas exploration.
In 1943, 17-year-old Hilliard left rural Wisconsin and joined the USMC. He flew 45 combat missions in the Pacific Islands as a radioman/gunner in SBD “Dauntless” dive bombers and was twice awarded the DFC plus the Air Medal with six gold stars.
Following his 1946 discharge, Hilliard completed two undergraduate years at the Universities of Wisconsin and Syracuse and then graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. He never practiced, instead joining Chevron in their New Orleans operations for three years. He moved to Lafayette with H.L. Hunt but quickly determined independent exploration suited him best and founded Badger Oil. Hilliard went on to serve as President of the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association and as National Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
His passion is aircraft, and he has generously funded the acquisition of extraordinary artifacts including the C-47 aircraft which dropped paratroopers into Normandy on D-Day, a B-25 “Mitchell” bomber, a P-40 “Flying Tiger,” an SBD Dive Bomber, a Stuart M2A1 tank, five major pieces of artillery and more.
In 2009, Paul received the prestigious national Horatio Alger Award which honors the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded with perseverance and hard work in spite of adversity. In 2015, he received the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Please plan to attend our November 10 luncheon. We encourage all LAPL members that are Veterans, or not, to invite a non-LAPL Veteran to join us for lunch.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to provide a free lunch buffet for each Veteran in attendance. Sponsors for this event:
Allen & Kirmse, Ltd, Beta Land Services, Discovery Land Group, Schoeffler Energy Group
Friday, November 10, 2023– 11:30 a.m. – Walnut Room - Petroleum Club
SPECIAL SUPPLY COLLECTION FOR NEEDY VETERANS – PLEASE SEE BELOW
In order to help serve veterans in nursing homes many of whom have no family, we will be collecting the following items on behalf of the
Galvez Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR)
The Acadiana Area for Veterans Group
The following items are being collected: Axe Body Spray and shampoo or a monetary donation.
Checks can be made to Galvez Chapter and will be collected at the luncheon.
Please keep these heroes in your minds and hearts and
consider donating to our veterans.
Please note that supplies and/or monetary contributions can be brought to the luncheon on Friday, November 10!
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR VETERANS…AND MAY GOD BLESS!!!
The AAPL has approved this event for 1 CE credit.