Sixty-six years ago, World War II ended when the Japanese accepted the Allies’ terms of surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.
That evening, 21-year-old Leon Harold Bombet typed a letter to his parents, Julius “Buddy” and Rebecca “Tootsie” Bombet, from the USS Formoe, the Navy destroyer escort on which he was stationed in the Pacific Theater. He described the historic events of the day. His parents received the letter at their home on Park Boulevard and cherished it until their deaths.
After the war, Leon Bombet returned to Baton Rouge, attended Tulane University and graduated from LSU and, in 1952, from the LSU School of Medicine. He practiced pediatrics in Baton Rouge for almost 50 years with his older brother, Dr. Charles Newman Bombet. They were later joined by Charles Bombet’s son, Dr. Ronnie Bombet, and several other pediatricians. Leon Bombet was known for his work in the areas of alcoholism and addiction.
An avid LSU fan, he served as president of the “L” Club, team physician and as counselor and physician to numerous athletes.
He died May 29, 2011. At a memorial service June 1, his granddaughter, Leah Newman Friedrichs, read the letter Bombet had written to his parents the day the war ended.