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Milam’s fallen recalled in moving ceremony

Program honors 235 Milam war dead Monday


Legion member Johnny Hirt salutes as Rob Odell plays ‘Taps’ at end of ceremony. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Legion member Johnny Hirt salutes as Rob Odell plays ‘Taps’ at end of ceremony. Reporter/Mike Brown Chris Whittaker, Rockdale’s city manager, is a 25-year veteran of the U. S. Army and has served in hotspots like Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Bosnia.

But a memory that’s seared into his mind happened stateside.

It’s one he recalled Monday as the speaker in a sometimes emotional Memorial Day ceremony attended by more than 100 at American Legion Carlyle Post 358 Monday morning.

FALL DAY—It came when Whittaker worked at the Pentagon as Casualty Assistance Officer and Casualty Notification Officer and had to deliver a message to a woman.

“It was one of those beautiful fall days on the East Coast,” he said. “I pulled up and she was raking leaves.”

The message? That her husband—“A Texan and an Aggie”—had been killed in Afghanistan.


Chris Whittaker (L) was speaker, Donald David delivered opening, closing prayers. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Chris Whittaker (L) was speaker, Donald David delivered opening, closing prayers. Reporter/Mike Brown “I will always remember that day in my heart,” Whittaker said.

When Whittaker joined the Army it appeared he was headed for peacetime military service. The Berlin Wall had just come down and the Cold War was over.

Then Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Eleven years later came 9-11.

Whittaker lost friends and mentors in the attack on the Pentagon, in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the Fort Hood shootings.

He accompanied bodies of numerous heroes to burial in Arlington National Cemetery, including the remains of one World War II veteran who was interred 71 years after his death.

Whittaker praised veterans, with whom he has worked in a number of locations, and said he felt proud to be associated with veteran groups in Rockdale.

NAMES—Les Davenport, Carlyle Post 358 commander, served as master of ceremonies.

Jack Brooks gave a POW/ MIA remembrance.

Name readers were RHS students Madison Reynolds, Justin Offield, Jordan Jerman, Ryann Morgan, Tyler Prazak, Joli Carpenter and Preston Ehler.

Communities in Concert Band provided music and a moving trumpet duo of “Taps” was played by Lee Thomason and Rob Odell.

Colors were presented and retired by the Post color guard.

Invocation and benediction were by Donald David, post chaplain.

Other Carlyle Post officers are: Ron Rabinowitz, adjutant; Jim McKimmey, finance; Robyn Black, first vice-commander; Dick Boundy, second vice-commander; Ronnie Faust, service; Charlie Watson, sergeant at arms.

Milam County’s war dead were listed as follows:

WORLD WAR I—John H. Andrews, John M. Batey, Harry W. Beavers, Ben Bennett, Joe Brown Jr., Jesse J. Bullard, Lenon T. Burgess, Hicks R. Carlyle, James W. Carlyle, Samuel T. Childress.


Above, Legion color guard presented flags; it was sometimes an emotional experience for those in the crowd. Above, Legion color guard presented flags; it was sometimes an emotional experience for those in the crowd. Lloyd W. Clarke, William M. Craben, Fred David, John T. Davis, Mahan H. Doggett, Rudolph Fieseler, Jesse L. Flemming, Rogers Franklin, Charles Green, William E. Hardy, Ollie Henderson.

Emil Hengst, John T. Hill, Theodore Hoes, Jake G. Hollingsworth, Floyd A. Jackson, Adolf F. Klement, Edmond Krull, Joseph A. Kunz, John T. Lanier, Oliver H. Lankford.

Frank Larza, Edd Lowery, Robert A. Martin, Jesse Matthews, Roy W. May, Branch Miller, Joseph P. Micak, Lee H. Mullinax, Willie A. Roberts, Joe V. Salac, James Seaton, Frank W. Sefcik.

William L. Sefcik, Sandy Shepard, Daniel N. Smith, Aubrey Storey, David V. Tapp, Lee Thompson, Ira W. Walker, Leonard T. Warren, Elbert S. Westbrook, Kelly M. White, Manuel White, Charlie M. Williams, George L. Wright.


From left, Legion Post Commander Les Davenport officiated, Jack Brooks gave POW/ MIA remembrance, Jordan Jerman was one of seven RHS students reading names of Milam County service personnel who gave their lives in past wars. From left, Legion Post Commander Les Davenport officiated, Jack Brooks gave POW/ MIA remembrance, Jordan Jerman was one of seven RHS students reading names of Milam County service personnel who gave their lives in past wars. WORLD WAR II—Elton L. Abernathy, James C. Allen, L.C. Angell, George Aplin, Willard M. Avrett, William E. Baggett, Henry A. Baker, Wade H. Bankston, Victor J. Barchenger, Owen J. Barker.

Paul C. Bartlett, Clyde D. Batte, Aldine Beard Jr., Johnnie E. Beard, Morris J. Beasley, Robert J. Bennett, Tommy S. Blake, Homer D. Bland, Otto D. Breitkreuz, James P. Brown, Billy B. Bryan, Aaron Burns, Wilma T. Caldwell Jr.

Elbert Callaway, E. H. Caywood, Frank C. Chernoskey, C. W. Critchfield, Jesse M. Critchfield, Ernest A. Davis, James R. Dobson, Leon G. DuBois, John Dunnam, Woodrow W. Ermis, Marvin L. Ethridge.

Elton Fisher, Homer D. Frazier, J.B. Fulcher, Howard Galbreath, Edward Gandy, Clifford D. Garner, William C. Gillis, Thomas H. Gilliland, George Goodwin Jr., Robert N. Griffin, Julius S. Hardin, Dillard D. Harris, James T. Harris.

Jessie Hernandez, John Hernandez, Vincente Y. Hernandez, Joseph J. Hubner, Wesley Howard Hoover, Howard G. Hickman, Burton A Hill, Curtis E. Hill, William D. Horton, Gilbert L. Hughes.

Howard V. , Harry Johnson, Don L. Johnson, Roy W. Jones, Loma T. Judkins, Van Kennon, Joe E. Kleypus, George R. Knight, Johnnie C. Krause.

Frank J. Kutnak, Edwin E. Kuzel, Thomas P. Lane, Clayton D. Lassiter, Guthrie F. Layne Jr., Otto W. Lehmann.

William A. Lewis, Calvin C. Lively, Major R. Looney, Albert E. Lumpkins, Wayne H. McCallum, Dudley V. McGuyer, John C. McGregor, Wilburn D. McKay, Alvin C. Manning, Rufus P. Marin.

Albin C. Martinek Jr., Frank Meeks Jr., Gilbert O. Menzel, Thomas A. Merritt, Marvin Mode, Edward E. Moerbe, Pedro Moreno, Johnny M. Morton, Melvin A. Moses, Thomas M. Nelson, Roger T. Newton, William J. Newton.

Joe Novotny Jr., Sam Oliver, Jose Ordonez, George H. Peets, Del Posival, Jesse D. Pratt, Charlie A. Reimer, Homer F. Reimer, Roy Reyes, Jose M. Rivera, Earnest Ross Jr., Winfred R. Russell, Wesley E. Scheer, Laurence C. Schiller.

Ewald E. Schroeder, Elmer Schwinger, Max Schwinger, John W. Sebek, Ferol Server, O.V. Sheffield, Max L. Shelton, James T. Shuemate, Ralph Sides, Lee Simmons Jr., Jay W. Smith.

Howard K. Stallcup, Claborn A. Steele, Graham H. Stringer, Arthur Taylor Jr., Frank M. Tepera, Frank M. Terry, Stephen D. Terry, Jerry F. Tomek, Claude Turner, James S. Tyson, Walter J. Ulicnik.

Quintin Vasquez, Otis Walker, John H. Wallace, Coy M. Weems, Delbert Wells, Marvin J. Wentrcek, Robert White, Vernon Willeford, Milton T. Williams, Orville D. Williams, E. F. Wolle Jr., William Worcester, Halfred P. Wutrich, J.Z. Young, August J. Zavodny.

KOREAN WAR—Ivy O. Backhaus, Nicolas Garza, John Hale Jr., Charlie E. Hux, Robert D. King, Tom King, Joe McMurray, Frank Meek Jr., Frank H. Thompson.

VIETNAM WAR—Albert L. Bell, William R. Binker III, Howe K. Clark Jr., Tommie J. Clark, Charles W. Clinard, Felix M. Conde-Falcon, Robert M. Dauphine, Weldon D. Davenport, Dennis W. Fisher, James T. Griffin Jr., Billy J. Holt, John L. Rosemond, Allen P. Weaver.

WAR ON TERROR—Darryn D. Andrews, Charles L. Price III.


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