User Login

Login Access

Search the Collections

John Laborde (2000)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2000-08-25

Duration: 00:27:25

Subjects: World War II | Laborde, John P. | Business | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Tidewater, Inc. | Military | Veterans | MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964 | Laborde, Alden J.


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Bush, Charles Producer
  • Laborde, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 25, 2000, features an interview with John Laborde conducted by Gus Weill. Laborde, a native of Marksville, is a co-founder of Tidewater Marine, the largest oil and gas supply boat company in the world. He discusses: growing up in the rural community of Marksville; his time in the ROTC at LSU; his military career in World War II, including serving under General Douglas MacArthur; ambition; starting Tidewater Marine with his brother, Alden; current Tidewater Marine operations; the company’s international expansions; business ethics; his retirement; and his contributions to the industry.