Military

Here at Texansunited.com we salute the service of the men and women who serve to keep us safe here at home. We’d love to know your story or the story of your loved one!

To The Jungles Of Vietnam- Dennis Marken

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When Dennis Marken of Comanche, Texas agreed to record at least parts of his memories of his time in Vietnam, I told him not to spare us, that I was fine with his sharing anything and everything because I know … Continue reading

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Jerry Don Giesecke On Vietnam Wall

Jerry Don

More Than A Name Upon A Wall Jerry Don Giesecke Corporal C CO, 2ND BN, 3RD INFANTRY, 199TH INFANTRY BDE, USARV Army of the United States Comanche, Texas June 30, 1948 to December 18, 1969 JERRY D GIESECKE is on … Continue reading

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Ann Margret And Saluting Our Vietnam Vets

ANN MARGARET

May God bless our Vietnam vets, and may they forgive us for what we  didn’t understand. I receive the following via email fairly often, and I thought this would be a perfect time to pass it along to you. ********* … Continue reading

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Who Was General Granbury Of Granbury, Texas?

Hiram B. Granbury

War Truly Is Hell, Isn’t It? There’s always a reason why a town bears  a certain name, a name that sets it apart from all of the other Texas  towns scattered across the state. The picturesque little town of Granbury, … Continue reading

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M.E. “Boss” Greene Wounded, Civil War

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M.E. “Boss” Greene would eventually become a U.S. Deputy Marshall who lived in Comanche, Texas; however, when he wrote to his sister in on October 7, 1863, he was just another wounded Confederate soldier. His letter gives us another clue … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee Wanted Texas Soldiers!

FORT MASON

I think I told you that Rickey and I recently spent some days in Mason, Texas so that I could do some research. (Thank goodness I married a history buff!) While we were touring old Fort Mason, I was reminded … Continue reading

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War Is Hell On The Home Front Too

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By 1862, it was obvious that the Confederate Congress had made a mistake. Because no one in the South believed that the war would be a long war, the original term of enlistment for Confederate soldiers was one year. Of … Continue reading

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Experiencing All That Was Goliad, Heritage Tourism Today

PRESIDIO LA BAHIA

There are those things that happen in life that are so huge, so overwhelming, so horrible, or so wonderful, for that matter, that they forever leave their mark upon a town and its people, a mark for which that town and those … Continue reading

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“Come And Take It!” Taunted The Texans

COME AND TAKE IT

We travel through the little town of Gonzales, Texas as often as we can because it is through Gonzales that we must travel to reach the home of my youngest brother, Scott.  However, it is not Scott I’m thinking about … Continue reading

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Darrell Jones And The Forgotten War In Korea

DARRELL JONES

There is a very real need that we all seem to have in this country; it is the need to believe that the conclusion of a war means that finally something has been accomplished, finally peace and freedom have prevailed, … Continue reading

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Chuck Ratliff, Viet Nam Veteran

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The Stories are Tough, But the Flag Still Flies Part One I’ve spent quite a bit of time in my life writing about how men and women fight the wars of their generation and then leave their service in the … Continue reading

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Lt. Gayle Hilley, WWII POW

ARTHUR GAYLE HILLEY

No one knew it at the time, but September 11, 1945, was red-letter day, a day of rejoicing to come in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Hilley*, the little town of Sidney, Texas as well as Comanche County … Continue reading

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When German POWs Came To Comanche County

THE ALTON MERCER FAMILY

The following information on German POWs held in America was given to me by Missy Jones. I have a feeling that there are many young people who have no  idea that America was once home to these POWs. During World … Continue reading

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L.D. Cox, WW II USS Indianapolis Survivor

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L.D. Cox has been a personal friend of mine for some years now. I have listened to his story, recorded his story, seen his story re-enacted, and even performed his story…and I never tire of hearing it. In fact, I … Continue reading

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Texan Audie Murphy Wasn’t Always The Most Decorated

Life Magazine 1945

The Story You Might Not Know Every year that I live I become a little more thankful that my parents kept up with what was going on in the world and that they talked about it. In listening to my … Continue reading

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A WWII Concentration Camp Letter

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I recently heard a prayer offered by one of the men in our congregation who closed by asking very eloquently for the safety of “the ones who stand between us and those who would do us harm.” I’ve thought a … Continue reading

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Ernest Gies, German POW Held At Camp Bowie

ERNEST GIES POW HELD AT CAMP BOWIE, BROWNWOOD, TEXAS

As you know, Missy Jones started me on the hunt for information about German POWs held in our area during World War II. This week we bring you articles about POWs who hoed peanuts  in Texas, an interview with one … Continue reading

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German POW Held At Camp Bowie, Brownwood Texas

HEINRICH KRAHFORST POW CAMP BOWIE, BROWNWOOD TEXAS

For years I have been haunted by the horror stories told by our friends and Comanche County residents, A.L. Humphrey* and Henry Spalding. I often told their stories to my students, Mr. Spalding even speaking to my classes many times … Continue reading

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May God Bless Our Vietnam Veterans

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God Bless all of our vets, but may He especially remind our Vietnam veterans that we are much smarter today than we were back in the day when we just did not understand what we did. If you are like … Continue reading

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German POWs Perform Plays At Camp Bowie

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While our friends Henry Spalding and A.L. Humphrey along with so many other Americans were struggling to find rats to eat in Japanese POW camps overseas, the German POWs on American soil were producing plays every other month at Camp Bowie … Continue reading

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