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QUEEN-HAMLIN POST 2467 VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
 
   

Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467

The Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467 was originally chartered as the William Lloyd Queen Post 2467 on March 20, 1944.  The post was named for Lt. William L. Queen, USAAF, a graduate of Palacios High School, who was killed in an aircraft accident on December 24, 1943 in Italy, during World War II.  After the Vietnam War, the post was re-named the Queen-Hamlin Post 2467 in honor of Sp.4 William Lloyd “Dub” Hamlin, USA, a nephew of Lt. Queen, who was killed in action in Vietnam on June 23, 1967.  Both Lt. Queen and Sp4 Hamlin were buried with full military honors at the Palacios Cemetery.  The post is still active in the community.



Lt. William L. Queen



Sp.4 William Lloyd “Dub” Hamlin

 

CECIL LEE AMERICAN LEGION POST NO. 649
 



 


 

Sgt. Cecil L. Lee
 

The Cecil Lee American Legion Post 649, Blessing, Texas was chartered on April 24, 1948 and named in honor of Sgt. Cecil L. Lee, USMC who was killed in action during the invasion of Guam on July 27, 1944.  He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.  The post is still active in the community.


PALACIOS HIGH SCHOOL MEMORIAL
 
 

BAY CITY FIRST PRESBYTERIAN MEMORIAL FOUNT
 


First Presbyterian Church
Bay City

In Memoriam
December 18, 1945

Capt. Philip H. Parker
Pvt. Jack W. White
Sgt. Robert W. Walker
Joseph Paul Lamb, MOMM 1/C



 

Captain Philip H. Parker, USAAF, PVT Jack W. White, USA, SGT Robert W. Walker, USA, and MOMM1/c* Joseph Paul Lamb, USN, with their families, were all members of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Bay City.  All four service members died during WWII.

After the cessation of hostilities, and the close of WWII, their grieving surviving families united together, and donated the funds required to purchase a beautiful polished red granite baptismal fount, in their memory and honor.

In the church Minutes of Session of December 18, 1945, the following brief entry is found: “Session accepted in the name of the church the Baptismal Urn which is being presented as a memorial to the boys who served in World War Two.”

*MOMM1/c is an abbreviation for the Navy rank of Motor Machinist Mate First Class.
 


PALACIOS MILITARY MEMORIAL
 

Sometime during c1960, the LT. Queen VFW Post 2467 (today Queen-Hamlin Post 2467) and the Greenwood-Curtis American Legion Post 476 jointly dedicated a flag pole and beautiful walled flag court to the Palacios Cemetery. A bronze monument was mounted on the uppermost part of the wall, beneath the flag pole, dedicating the court: "In memory of all who honorably served in the military services of our country". Due to age and disrepair, the flag court was demolished and replaced with a pavilion in March 2005. The bronze plaque and the top portion of the original flag court wall where it was mounted, were retained and placed on the Northeast corner of the pavilion.
 



 

Palacios Cemetery

In Memory of All Who Honorably Served
In the Military Services of Our Country

Greenwood-Curtis Post 476
The American Legion

Lt. Wm. Lloyd Queen Post 2467
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States



GENERAL JOHN AUGUSTUS HULEN, PALACIOS   &   SITE OF CAMP HULEN, PALACIOS
 

MATAGORDA CITY PARK MEMORIAL
 
 

Matagorda City Park

Within the Matagorda City Park, a war memorial group monument was erected with a flagpole on the corner of Fisher and Laurel Streets. The memorial recognizes members of the community who were killed in action in World War I and World War II. These individuals include*: PFC Boyd Scott Dunbar, USA - WWII; PVT Joe Yeamans, USA - WWI; FO Joseph Beverly Lawhon, USAAF - WWII. It is unknown when the monument was dedicated.

*In addition to these casualties, the following sons of Matagorda also made the highest sacrifice on the Altar of Freedom: PVT John May Williams, USA - WWI; PFC Lawrence J. Culver, USA - WWII and PFC Ruben Cuellar Rodriguez, USMC - KO.
 


 


SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH MEMORIAL
 



PFC Lawrence J. Culver
 



IN MEMORIAM

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS
LAWRENCE JAMES CULVER
UNITED STATES ARMY

AUGUST 3, 1926-MAY 4, 1945


 
ALTAR BOY SACRED HEART CHURCH      EAGLE SCOUT      DEFENDER OF HIS COUNTRY      FIRST OF HIS PARISH TO DIE IN WWII      REQUIESCAT IN PACE


A United States flag has been on public display at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wadsworth, Texas for many years as a memorial tribute to the memory of PFC Lawrence J. Culver, USA, who died on May 4, 1945 during the invasion of Nazi Germany near the end of WWII.  It is unknown who donated the flag, or specifically when it was placed in the church nave.

Lawrence, as a youth, had served as an altar boy at Sacred Heart, was an Eagle Scout, and is recognized as the first person from his parish to die in WWII.

Originally, the flag was proudly hung from a staff and flag stand near the entrance to the church.  Due to its deteriorating condition as a result of age, the flag was taken down in 2011 and given to Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438 to be ritually destroyed during its annual flag retirement ceremony.  Rather than destroy the flag, the post carefully cleaned it in 2012, then encased it in a flag display case, donated by the post.  The encased flag was returned to the church, and placed above the confessional, near to where it had originally stood.
 


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Copyright 2012 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
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Created
Aug. 11, 2012
Updated
Aug. 16, 2012
   

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