II Hero Conrad "Snookie" Derouen Jr. was killed in action by a
Japanese Sniper on July 17, 1944.
Talented track stars participate in the
annual Snooks Relays at Erath High
School each spring. It is an annual
event which draws the best track
champions in the area.
Track and field began at EHS when a new
stadium was constructed in 1953. With
Bob Segura as an outstanding head track
coach, he led his team to the state
championships for nine years, as well as
implementing the Snooks Relays Track
With the cinder track set in a new
stadium in the early fifties, additional
funds were needed to complete concrete
curbing around the new EHS track. Conrad
Derouen, a successful Erath businessman,
graciously donated money to complete the
project. As a way of appreciation for
additional funds provided, Erath High
School dedicated its new established
relays to Derouen’s son, who was killed
in World War II.
Erath native Conrad Snooks “Snookie”
Derouen Jr., was born an only child on
February 12, 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. Conrad
Derouen. He was the grandson of Mr. and
Mrs. A. C. Derouen and Mr. and Mrs.
Aurelian “Cap” Theriot. Derouen is
remembered as an outstanding athlete,
who fit the bill of the “all American
Following his graduation at Erath High
School in 1937, he graduated from
Vanderbilt University with a Masters
Degree in Health and Physical Education.
He married the former Marguerite
Domingues of Abbeville. At twenty one
years old, he volunteered for service in
the U.S. Marine Corps. During his tour
of duty in WW II, Derouen was killed
when he was shot in the neck by a
Japanese sniper on July 17, 1944. On
July 18, 1944, at the very young age of
twenty three, “Snookie” Derouen was
buried at sea, never to return home to
On April 9, 1945, both Derouen’s widow
and mother, traveled to New Orleans to
receive the Navy Cross from Rear Admiral
A. C. Bennett. He was posthumously
awarded the Naval Cross for Gallantry in
action. Derouen died a hero’s death. The
Derouen-Moss American Legion Post #279
was named for Derouen and Erath educator
Louis Moss, who was also killed in WW
Under the direction of Erath High School
Coach Robert Segura Sr., the first
Snooks Relays Track Meet was held in the
spring of 1959. That year high school
Jr. Phyllis Dronet (Leblanc), daughter
of Curney and Irene (Leblanc) Dronet,
was crowned the first Snooks Queen.
Phyllis Dronet Leblanc a former teacher
at Erath Middle School.
The “Snooks Relays” continues to be a
prestigious track meet each year, in
which athletes attend by invitation
only. Each spring, outstanding athletes
compete, not as teams, but as
individuals. This competition calls for
the best of the best, which is a fitting
tribute to its namesake, “Snookie”
High School Principal Henry Bernard, is shown donating a
photograph of "Snookie" Derouen to his parents in 1959.
spring of 1959. the first Snoooks Queen and Court were
named. The EHS Snooks Queen was Phyllis Dronet
(Leblanc). Her maids were Anna Brown (Saunier), Gloria
Richard and Ann Broussard (Clostio). The Queen is being crowned by
her father Curney Dronet Sr.
Portrait of Conrad "Snookie" Derouen hangs
in the Acadian Museum in Erath.