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Rison-Dallas Veterans

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Toward the bottom of this page is a partial list of those young men and women from the Dallas Village who served in the military either during war or peacetime, or both. If your name should be on this list, please contact us. At the bottom of this page you will find links to remembrances of our veterans about their time in the service.

Many of our young men chose to enlist into the military branch of their choice rather than to be drafted; the young men were eligible to be drafted at age 18; women were not drafted. Because of this, some of the young men enlisted prior to graduation from high school. Mr. Fain was somehow able to see that those people either came back to school following their service time or issued them a graduation certificate.

During World War II, it seemed as if the whole Village served in some way. If we didn't serve in the military, we gathered scrap metal, bought war bonds (one stamp at a time), and many women worked at the local arsenal on production lines making ammunition.

We'd like to hear about your service time, regardless of when you served. Please tell us about your military occupational specialty, your experience, the "who, what, when, where, and how," and furnish a picture of you in your uniform.

Whenever and however you served in the military, we thank you. You did for us what many of us couldn't do for ourselves. Generation after generation of you bought the freedom that we enjoy today. Without you we could easily be an occupied nation.


I find it amazing that this photo, taken so many years ago, actually exists! And now, someone has put it online for all of us to see. This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918.

It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge , in Iowa . EIGHTEEN THOUSAND MEN!!!!!

What a priceless gift from our grandfathers!

Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000

Total men: 18,000

Here is a link to the World War II Memorial Web site.

And here are links to the Korean and Vietnam Veterans memorial web sites.

Click here for another very interesting link that lists all America’s Wars as well as its casualties and veterans.

And here is a link to a site that describes proper etiquette when displaying the US Flag.

In the June 15, 2004, issue of The Huntsville Times, Major General James Pillsbury, Commander of Redstone Arsenal, stated, "If you read a newspaper, thank a teacher; if you read it in English, thank a vet."


To our veterans, our armed forces around the world, and to those who paid the ultimate price - we thank you!

Here is a video tribute to our veterans, courtesy of the Military.com website.


And here's a touching video tribute to our veterans, courtesy of youtube.com website:

May we never forget:

Far From Home

'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
And to see just who in this home did live.

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
A sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
I’d found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States Soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read,
Curled upon a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I was visiting this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon ‘round the world the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedoms each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lie alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice.
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,
My life is my God, my Country, my Corps."

The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
And we both shivered from the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave, on that cold, dark night,
This Guardian of Honor, so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, and with a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, "Carry on Santa, it’s Christmas Day. All is secure."

One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
"Merry Christmas my friend, and May God Bless You This Night."

By Unknown Author


The statue in the photograph below, created in bronze by Iraqi artist Khalid Alussy, depicts a soldier grieving over his fallen comrade and being comforted by a small Iraqi child. This statue was moved from Iraq to its permanent home at Fort Hood Texas in February 2004.
Iraq Soldier

Link to Marine Poem
Click here to read the Marine's poem. This poem honors ALL servicemen.

(Used by permission of the Old Huntsville Magazine.)

 When the country has been in need, it has always been the soldier!
   It's the soldier, not the newspaper, which has given us the freedom of the press.
   It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
   It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
   It's the soldier who salutes the flag, and serves under the flag.
   It's the soldier whose coffin is draped with the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
 Yes, it's always the soldier who is called upon to defend our way of life.

Contributed by Chuck Owens

Local poet, Willard L. Kistler, wrote the following poem for which he won a Silver Place Award from the International Society of Poets. Several families in honoring their loved ones who died in either Afghanistan or Iraq have used the poem; it expresses the feelings of many of us.

        Weeping American

        Oh my soul, I cry out for them
        so sad to see their pain,
        for in what they do there is gain,
        but it is at a cost,
        to see them fall, so young, so full of life,
        now here is our call,
        pray for them all,
        the men and women of the USA forces,
        for of course, freedom is not cheap.
        So shed a tear for a fallen hero,
        who gave so much to make us safe,
        never forget their sacrifice,
        never forget their love for us,
        they do so much, often without fuss.
        so with a deployed troop, stay in touch,
        do not dismay, for while we sleep,
        our security will they keep.
        God bless them all and keep them in his Care.

        Willard L Kistler
        Copyright ©2004 Willard L Kistler
        (Used by permission from Mr. Kistler.)

Click here to read Mr. Kistler's answer to the question, "What motivated you to write this poem?"

The following is from a "Memorial Service for Heroes of Rison High School" from Sunday, April 28, 1946.

Memorial Service for Heroes of Rison High School, April 28, 1946   Memorial Service for Heroes of Rison High School, April 28, 1946

Roll of Honor, Page 1:
Roll of Honor, Page 1
Roll of Honor, Page 2:
Roll of Honor, Page 2

And these names have since been added:

Acuff, Buster
Acuff, Victor
Adcock, Thomas(Bud)
Bevil, Jerry
Blount, Thomas G.
Blount, Wesley E.
Bowden, Billy G.
Bowling, Aubrey
Brewer, James (Buck)
Brewer, Marvin
Burke, Bobby
Campbell, Tony M.
Carroll, Howard
Chisam, Charles
Chisam, Jerry
Chisam, Mike
Christian, Bobby
Crowell, Ernest
Crowl, Robert
Cullom, Wm. O. (Bill)
Culver, Aaron
Curry, Zollie “Buddy”
Dowell, Fay
Dowell, Ray
Edgemon, Sonny
Edmison, K.R.(Bobby)
Fain, Cecil V.
Falkenberry, Gene
Falkenberry, Jimmy
Falkenberry, Mickey
Fanning, Hess
Finley, K.C.
Franklin, L.B. (Bud)
Franklin, Wesley L.
Gates, Tom
Gaut, Charles
Gentry, Donald H.
Gentry, Herman David
Gray, Larry
Green, Bobby
Hall, Searcy
Hayes, Edward
Hayes, Ernest
Hayes, Robert
Henshaw, Jimmy
Henshaw, Russell
Honey, Kenneth
Hudgins, Willis
Hunt, Edwin
Hunt, Lowell Lee
Hunt, Marvin
Hunt, Thomas Jan
Ivey, Al
Ivey, Bill
Ivey, Brooks
Jones, Billy
King, Bill
King, Howard
Knowles, Robert
Laird, Ivey
Lee, Howard
LeVan, Thomas
Luna, Huel T.
Luna, Jack
Luna, Junior
Madox, Erskin
Martin, Donald
Martin, Howard
McAllister, Bobby
McGinnis, Steve
McKenzie, Herman
McNeal, Charles
Mitchell, Hugh L.
Morrison, Bobby G.
Osborne, Ed
Osborne, James
Osborne, Joe
Osborne, Junior
Owens, Alvin H.
Owens, Dicky
Owens, Humpy
Patterson, Carlos
Peace, William W.
Pell, Kenneth
Pogue, James F.
Potts, Robert E. (Bobby)
Reese, Rufus
Rutledge, Thomas(Tommy)
Sartain, Robert
Schrimsher, Billy Ray
Schrimsher, Herman E
Schrimsher, Robert R.
Schrimsher, Ronald W
Seaton, Billy G.
Smith, Mike
Smith, Sam
Starr, Billy M.
Stewart, Don
Strickland, Rudolph V.
Swaim, Herman
Tabor, Billy
Tanner, John Jr.
Tate, Phillip
Thomas, Walter
Towery, Carl T (Tommy)
Tucker, Robert L. (Luke)
Turner, Aubrey G.
Turner, Charles F.
Walls, Chester
Walls, Houston
Walls, O'Neal
Wilbourn, Dickey
Wilbourn, J.N.
Wilburn, James
Wilkerson, Lloyd Henson
Wynn, Collins Eugene, Sr.
Wynn, Collins Eugene, Jr.
Wynn, Donald

Here are links to remembrances of our veterans about their time in the service. If you have a remembrance you'd like to add, please contact the Rison-Dallas Association using the email link at the bottom of this page.

John Willis WalkerJohn Willis Walker's Military Service
Herman HuntHerman Hunt's Military Service
Jan Hunt in Viet NamThomas Jan Hunt - his time in the Army
James WilburnJames L. Wilburn - his time in the Army
Jack Gray Dewey Fred "Jack" Gray - his time in the Army
Ed Franklin William Edward (Ed) Franklin - his time in the Navy
Samual Thomas Smith Information About Sam Smith's military service discoverd by Tommy Towery
Thurman Frasier Thurman Frasier's memories of his time in the Army

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