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Abbreviations Used:
KIA - Killed in Action
DNB - Died Non-Battle
DOW - Died of Wounds
DOI - Died of Injuries
FOD - Finding of Death (Used where someone was missing and presumed killed in action)
MIA - Missing, circumstances undetermined

No greater love a man can have than this that he should lay down his life for his friend. Our martyred dead have made our nation consecrated and it falls upon us the living, to preserve it. Remembering our hallowed silent dead, the memory of them forever graven within us, we ponder this trust that they have laid upon us. It seems no other thought so amply fills the measure of their sacrifice, or plumbs so well the depth of love that has inspired heroic giving of themselves for us.

No greater love a man can have than this that he should lay down his life for his friend. To the heroic war dead of Dickens County, to those valiant souls who died that we might live, who held no quest of the past, whose glory lies in their faithfulness to duty, who did not envy those who were to live longer, whose selflessness is a challenge to all who would dare corrupt their valor with anything less than a just and lasting peace, we reverently and lovingly dedicate this memorial.
Williams-Puckett Unit, American Legion Auxiliary No. 161, Spur, Texas


Thanks to Mr. Robert "Bob" Porter who provided the book all this information was taken from. I am especially grateful in that he did not know me personally, but willingly loaned me his "only" copy in trust and support of what I am trying to accomplish so that others can share in this tribute.




WORLD WAR II


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Orvell ATKINS
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Rank: SCT Serial #18041218 Military Unit: Gunner on B-24
FOD: Around Alaska
Entered Service: July 14, 1941
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Bruce BATEMAN
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: PFC
Military Unit: Infantry
Decorations: Purple Heart
KIA: Okinawa (Pacific) May 23, 1945 WWII
Burial: Afton Cemetery
Submitted: DCHC Members



O.J.Boothe PictureOscar Julian BOOTHE
Address: Box 607, Spur, Texas.    
Date of Enlistment: September, 1940.
Branch of Service: Air Force.    
Trained at Sheppard Field, Texas; Patterson Field, Ohio; Kelly Field, Texas; Cimarron Field, Oklahoma; Pampa Air Field, Pampa, Texas.
Overseas: August, 1943.     Theatre of Operations: European.
Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters; European Theatre Ribbon; American Theatre Ribbon; American Defense Medal; Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Purple Heart.
Rank: First Lieutenant.
Total Time Served: 60 months.
FOD: June 29, 1944 on 77th Mission over Charbourg, France WWII.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery


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Robert Roy BROWN
Address: Dickens, Texas
Entered Service: July, 1941.
Branch of Service: Infantry.
Trained at Fort Ord., California.
Overseas: 1942.
Theatre of Operations: South Pacific.
Decorations: Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Good Conduct Medal; American Theatre Ribbon; Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon.
Rank: PFC Serial#38067662
KIA: January 26, 1945 in Invasion of Luzon Island WWII.
Burial:Dickens Cemetery


Arnel Cumbie

Arnel Rhea CUMBIE
Address: Dickens, Texas
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Theatre of Operations: European.
Rank: Sgt.
DNB: December 3, 1949 Esslingen, Germany WWII.
Burial: Dickens Cemetery


Charles N. Delisle


Charles "Noel" DELISLE
Branch of Service: Army Air Corps.
Rank: Sergeant.
Duty Assignment: Gunner B24 FOD: France June 30,1945.(date from county book)
Monument at: Battery Park, New York City, New York, USA


R. E. DicksonRay E. DICKSON, Jr.
Address: Spur, Texas.
Entered Service: November 7, 1941.
Branch of Service: U.S. Army.
Trained at Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Ord, California; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Overseas: July, 1944.
Theatre of Operations: European.
Engagements: Battle of Mets, France.
Decorations: Silver Star.
KIA November 8, 1944 at Normandy, France WWII.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery



Edward Dillon
Edward G. DILLON
Born: Hopkins County, TX 10/17/1917
Parents: F.E. Dillon and Gussie Penn Wheeler Dillon
Address: McAdoo, Dickens County, Texas
Entered Service: After Pearl Harbor 1941
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Unit: 95th F.A. Bn. 5th Armored Div.
Rank: TEC 5
Theatre of Operations: European.
Engagements: Battle of Falaise, France.
KIA: August 16, 1944
Burial: American Cemetery at St. Laurent-Colliville, France.
Submitted by: Edith A.Griffin, Niece



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Mark A. EDGAR
Branch of Service: Army Tank Company, 1st Cavalry.
Theatre of Operations: New Guinea and Holland Dutch.
Decorations: American Defense Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon.
Rank: Sergeant.
DNB: December, 1945 as a result of incurred disease contacted while in service in New Guinea WWII.

Charles Eney

Charles Ensey Charles S. ENSEY
Address: Spur, Texas
Entered Service: April 28, 1943.
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Forces 0-783110
Trained at Kesler Field, Mississippi; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Santa Ana, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Overseas: April 17, 1945.
Theatre of Operations: South Pacific.
Engagements: Hawaii, Guam, Okinawa.
Rank: Second Lieutenant.
Decorations: Air Medal, Purple Heart
MIA July 31, 1945 over Nagasaki, Japan while serving as a Radar Observer with the 98th Bombardment Squadron WWII.
Died: Listed as August 15, 1945 - MIA or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
Family contact: JackieM@wt.net
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Lee W. FRY
Address: Red Mud Community,Dickens County, Texas
Entered Service: December 21, 1944.
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Private
Total Time Served: 4 months
DNB: April 11, 1945, accidental drowning during basic training while on bivouac at Camp Hood,Texas.
Burial: Red Mud Cemetery, (H-9).
Submitted by Ron Brantner

Merle Futch
Merle Hughes FUTCH
Address; Dickens, Texas
Branch of Service: Army.
Theatre of Operations: European.
Service Dates: 1942 to 1944
Rank: Sergeant.
Military Unit: 91st Infantry Div. 362nd Inf. Regimental Combat Team
KIA September 16, 1944 in Italy WWII.
Burial: Dickens Cemetery
Submitted by Nan Jo Futch Burnam, sister



W.W. Garner William Wilson "Red" GARNER
Address: Spur, Texas
Entered Service: April, 1941.
Branch of Service: Naval Air Corps.
Trained at Long Beach, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Corpus Christi, Texas; Carrier Training; West Coast.
Overseas: June, 1944 - aboard Carrier Marcus Island.
Theatre of Operations: Pacific.
Engagements: Palau Island, Philippine Islands.
Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross.
Rating: Lieutenant.
Total Time Served: 42 months.
MIA October 25, 1944 off Samar Island WWII.


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Wright D. HINSON
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Sgt
Enlisted: January 1942
Overseas: March 1942
KIA: March 21, 1943 in North Africa, in the battle near the Kasserine Pass WWII
Decorations: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery
Submitted: DCHC Members


Bryant Holloway
Harvey Bryant HOLLOWAY
Branch: U.S. Navy
Rank: Seaman 2nd Class
Military Unit: Air Squadron;
Assigned to Liscome Bay Aircraft Carrier near Gilbert Islands
Liscome Bay was torpedoed by Japan Submarine in November 1943.
Six hundred forty five crew were buried in the sea near Gilbert Island, including Bryant Holloway.
Bryant was in high school in Spur when he volunteered in U.S. Navy in 1943.
He was from the Dry Lake Community.
KIA May 6, 1943 in South Pacific WWII.


Hub Hyatt
Benjamin Garner HYATT
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: 2nd Lt.
Born: 31 Oct. 1909 in Dickens Co., TX to W.L. and Susan Elizabeth Garner Hyatt
Graduated Spur High School
Military Assignment: Infantry 99th Division
Engagements: Belgium Bulge, 99th Division held off four German Divisions December 16, 1944;
Decorations: Purple Heart, Presidential Citation.
KIA March 1, 1945, Cologne WWII.
Burial: Henri Chapelle Cemetery, Belgium, No.110 Row 6 Plot WWW T41-43

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Ocie Lee Ocie H. LEE
Veteran World War II
Address: Spur, Texas.
Entered Service: January 27, 1942.
Branch of Service: Army.
Rank: P.F.C.
Overseas: November 10, 1944.
Theatre of Operations: European.
Engagements: Ardence and Rhineland.
Decorations: Good Conduct Medal; American Theatre Ribbon; European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars.
KIA May 24, 1945 on Okinawa WWII
Total Time Served: 3 years, 9 months, 4 days.
Burial: East Mound Cemetery, Motley Co.

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Frank Lewers Littlefield
Frank Lewers LITTLEFIELD
Address: Dickens, Texas
Entered Service: January 4, 1923
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
Overseas: June 18, 1923
Theatre of Operations: Republic of Cuba
Discharged: November 24, 1923
Enlisted: July 12, 1926 Wichita falls, TX
Branch: U.S. Army Air Corps
Discharged: July, 1927
Enlisted: November 12, 1929
Branch: Army Air Corps
Five tours of Military Duty from years 1923 to 1941
DNB car-train accident in Glendale, CA July 26, 1941
Total Active Duty: Approximately 10 years
Rank: Corporal
Civilian Occupation: Farmer, Ranch Hand and Cook


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Gerald Kenneth LOWRANCE
Address: Dickens County, Texas
Entered Service:
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corp
Rank: Sgt.
Serial #3834924
Squadron: 317th, 88th Bomb Group, assistant armorer/ waist gunner/ left on a B-17 Bomber
DNB December 11, 1943, Bombing Run WWII.
Submitted by Amedia Conry

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H.L. Lusk Harmon Lee LUSK
Address: Spur, Texas.
Entered Service: February 2, 1942.
Branch of Service: Coast Artillery - Military Police Detachment.
Trained at Camp Wallace, Texas; Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Overseas: April 22, 1942.
Theatre of Operations: Cuba.
Returned to U.S.: May, 1944.
Rank: Private First Class.
Total Time Served: 33 months.
DNB November 14, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas while
serving with the Military Police Detachment I.

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E.Bruce McLaughlin Egbert Bruce McLAUGHLIN
Address: McAdoo, Texas
Entered Service: March 16, 1941.
Branch of Service: Army - Coast Artillery.
Trained at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Overseas: August 31, 1941.
Theatre of Operations: Philippine Islands.
Engagements: Battle of Bataan.     Rank: Sergeant.
Remarks: Was captured at the Fall of Bataan April 9, 1942 and was Prisoner of War in Camp O'Donnel for about three months, then was transferred to Cabatuan where he stayed until October 5, then was moved to Mukden, making trip in Jap Junk Boat, taking thirty days.
Died February 21, 1943 of a heart attack following pneumonia in Prison of War Camp, Mudken. In Manchuria WWII.
Burial: McAdoo Cemetery

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Walter C. MESSER
Address: Spur, Texas
Entered Service: December 13, 1944
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Pvt.
Basic Infantry Training, Camp Roberts
Overseas: May 9, 1945 left Fort Ord, CA for overseas duty
Engagements: Philippines, Manadono Island,
Died: June 15, 1945, Philippines of wounds incurred on Manadono Island WWII.

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Gordon R. MILLER
Address: McAdoo, Texas
Engagements: Went to Java, where their unit became known as the "the Lost Battalion." They were captured in March 1942, he was a prisoner of war until the time of his death in Sept. 18, 1944.
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Sergeant 20813557
Field Artillery
Entered the Service from: Texas
Died: September 18, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea WWII
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

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Joe Ousley Joe B. OUSLEY
Entered the Service from: Dickens, Texas
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Rank: Staff Sergeant 18076448
705th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: KIA September 21, 1944, bombing mission over Coblentz, Germany WWII.
Buried at: Cambridge American Cemetery
                Cambridge, England
                Plot E Row 3 Grave 12
Awards: Purple Heart
Submitted by widow, Winona Cobb

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Andrew J. POWELL
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Cpl.
Military Unit: Trans Corps
Honoree is: Deceased, April 21, 1946
Submitted by Wendell Walker


Otho Powers
Otho Thomas POWERS
Entered Service: March 20, 1941
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Sgt.
Duty Assignment: Tank Battalion
Died: KIA November 20, 1943 Macon Island, North Pacific WWII.
Military Unit: Army - Tank BN.
Burial: McAdoo Cemetery
Submitted by Coy Powers

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Clifford D. PUCKETT,
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force
Died: May 24, 1942, on Luzon Island in a prison camp.
Burial: Post Cemetery Lot 534, right # 5.

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Clifton L. PUCKETT,
Paratrooper
Died: February 26, 1945, wounded by enemy rifle fire February 24, 1945, and died the next day aboard a hospital ship .
Burial: Post Cemetery Lot 534, right # 5


Corbett Roberson Corbett Everett ROBERSON
Entered Service: November, 1942
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corp
Rank: Sergeant
Duty Assignment: Tail Gunner on B-24
Training: Sheppard Air Base, Laredo Air Base, and Keesler Field.
Died: KIA January 24, 1944, Rumania WWII.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery December 1947
(First burial Military cemetery in Bari, Italy)
Decorations: Purple Heart.
Submitted by: Ken Trbovich

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C.L. Robinson Clarence L. ROBINSON
Address: Dickens, Texas.
Entered Service: June, 1943.
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps.
Theatre of Operations: South Pacific.
Engagements: Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Marianas; Marshall Islands.
Decorations: Purple Heart; Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon.
Rank: Corporal.
Total Time Served: 20 months.
Killed February 20, 1945 during the Invasion of Iwo Jima WWII.


Clifton Shaw
Clifton E. SHAW
Address: Dickens, Texas.
Entered Service: September 8, 1942.
Branch of Service: Army.
Theatre of Operations: European.
Engagements: Normandy.
Decorations: Purple Heart.
Rank: Staff Sergeant.
Killed December 15, 1944, participated in D-Day landing WWII.
Burial: Dickens Cemetery


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Jack W. SPARKMAN
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Pfc
Killed in Action: Luzon, P.I., on February 27, 1945 WWII.
Burial: McAdoo Cemetery
Submitted: DCHC Members


W.C. Sparks

William C. SPARKS
Address: Spur, Texas
Entered Service: September 17, 1940.
Branch of Service: Army Air Corps.
Decorations: Purple Heart.
Rank: Technical Sergeant.
Total Time Served: 3 years, 10 months.
Killed May 27, 1944, on Wake Island WWII.


David Stubblefield David J. STUBBLEFIELD
Address: Dickens, Texas
Entered Service: October 15, 1944.
Branch of Service: Army.
Trained at Camp Alexander, Louisiana; Camp Maxey, Texas.
Theatre of Operations: European.
Decorations: European Theatre Ribbon; A.T.A with 4 Stars; Purple Heart.
Rank: Private.
Total Time Served: 6 months
Died April 18, 1945 in Germany WWII.
Burial: Dickens Cemetery


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Homer G. THOMASON
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: PFC
Enlisted: January 22, 1942
Killed in Action: Luzon Island February 11, 1945 WWII.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery
Submitted: DCHC Members

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C. Varnell
Claude VARNELL
Address: Afton, Texas
Entered Service: January 17, 1941.
Branch of Service: Combat 158th Infantry.
Trained at Camp Barclay, Panama Canal Zone.
Overseas: June, 1942.
Theatre of Operations; Southwest Pacific Area.
Decorations: Bronze Star; Silver Star; Purple Heart.
Rank: Technical Sergeant.
Total Time Served: 48 months. Killed January 19, 1945 in the Invasion of Luzon Island WWII.


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Clyde R. WHITFORD
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Rank: Cpl.
Killed in Action: April 10, 1945, in Germany WWII.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery
Submitted: DCHC Members




KOREAN WAR




Billie Warren MEADOR,
Address: Spur, TX
Branch of Service: U.S. Army; U.S. Second Infantry Division
Overseas: Korea, June 1950
Rank: Corporal
Missing in Action: September 14, 1950, killed in action somewhere in South Korea - Korean Conflict.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery



Ernest Roberts

Ernest ROBERTS
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Youngest captain in the Marine Corps at that time
Plane crashed in the Louisiana Swamp
Burial: Alabama National Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama



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Joe B. WHITENER, Jr.
Entered Service: June 12, 1948
Branch of Service: United States Air Force
Trained: 1948 - Keesler AFB, Mississippi
1949-Flight Engineer, Chanute AFB, Illinois
Overseas: Germany - Berlin Airlift; Japan - Korean War
Theatre of Operations: European & Asiatic
Decorations: Purple Heart
Rank: Sergeant     Service #A19293876
Total Time Served: 3 years, 4 months
Killed October 14, 1951. Plane crashed returning from a mission over North Korea.
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery
Family contact: Jean Lingg [jjlingg1950 at aol.com]



VIETNAM WAR

"Casualties are the cost of war but this...can't be atoned
Fifty Eight Thousand names now etched
on a wall of long black stone. "

Stones of Black
Dan Sutherland




Andres Garcia Andres GARCIA,
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: SP4
23 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on 11/29/42
From SPUR , TX
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began September 25, 1965
Casualty was on Friday, January 14, 1966, in South Vietnam-Hostile,
Ground casualty
Multiple fragmentation wounds
Body was recovered
Religion:Roman Catholic
Burial: Spur Memorial Cemetery
Andres is remembered on The Wall at Panel 04E . Line 73
The Texas Spur Article


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Robert Walker Robert WALKER
Branch of Service: Army
23 year old Single, Male
Born on March 30, 1944
From SPUR , TX
Length of service 6 years.
His tour of duty began May 31, 1967
Casualty was on March 4, 1968,
in Phu Yen, South Vietnam Hostile,
Ground Casualty, Burns
Religion
Baptist - Other Groups
Robert Walker is remembered on The Wall at Panel 43E . Line 2
Medal Received




No other information is available at this time, but we respectfully list the names of other Veterans who died as follows:

Earl BARRETT
Alton BROWN World War II
Denny CLAY World War II DNB
Newlan CULBERT World War II
Kenneth FAUCETTWorld War II, Corp DNB
Keith FRY World War II
Lawson GIBSONWorld War II, Pvt. KIA
T. J. HORNER World War II
Frank McGILL World War II DNB
Mac WATSON World War II
Lemuel WILLIAMSON World War II






All Three Served; Arnel Died in Germany 1949
Picture submitted by Gerald Farley




Picture of War Memorial located in Spur, TX



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