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Blakeview: DeGaulle, Meyer and Collins 

Three West Bank thoroughfares named after military generals

Left: Adolph Meyer; Right: General Joseph "Lightning Joe" Collins

Left: Adolph Meyer; Right: General Joseph "Lightning Joe" Collins

I thought we'd go to the West Bank this week for a little history about three thoroughfares named for military generals: DeGaulle, Meyer and Collins. The oldest of the three, Gen. Meyer Avenue, is named for former Congressman Adolph Meyer. A brigadier general in the Louisiana National Guard, Meyer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana in 1891. His best-known accomplishment was securing a naval station and dry dock for Algiers, which was established in 1901 and later was known as the Naval Support Activity. Patterson Street was renamed in his honor in 1904, four years before his death. Gen. DeGaulle Drive is named for Charles DeGaulle, the French president and military leader during World War II. He visited New Orleans in 1960 and was present when Victory Drive in Algiers was dedicated in his honor. Gen. Collins Avenue intersects with Gen. DeGaulle Drive. It is named for four-star Gen. Joseph "Lightning Joe" Collins, an Algiers native and World War II hero who later served as U.S. Army chief of staff during the Korean War. He was present at a ceremony renaming Collins Road in his honor in March 1970.

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