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  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Thursday, March 23 2017 8:10 AM EDT2017-03-23 12:10:36 GMT

    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight and fight he did...in two wars and a motion picture.

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    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight and fight he did...in two wars and a motion picture.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jeffrey Basehore

    Freedom Fighters: Jeffrey Basehore

    Friday, March 17 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-03-18 02:31:44 GMT
    Jeffrey Basehorse. (Source: KLTV)Jeffrey Basehorse. (Source: KLTV)

    The land that the East Texas Veterans Alliance is waiting on, is land on which to build the East Texas Veterans Memorial, Jeffrey Lee Basehore is the architect of the memorial, but before that, he served our country in the Navy during the Vietnam war.

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    The land that the East Texas Veterans Alliance is waiting on, is land on which to build the East Texas Veterans Memorial, Jeffrey Lee Basehore is the architect of the memorial, but before that, he served our country in the Navy during the Vietnam war.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Friday, March 10 2017 8:31 AM EST2017-03-10 13:31:23 GMT
    Allen Brown. (Source: KLTV)Allen Brown. (Source: KLTV)

    Even though 1969 was a time when many young men were trying to avoid the draft, Allen Brown was trying to get in.

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    Even though 1969 was a time when many young men were trying to avoid the draft, Allen Brown was trying to get in.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Mark Christman

    Freedom Fighters: Mark Christman

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 8:39 AM EST2017-03-01 13:39:02 GMT

    It's been almost a half a century since Mark Christman flew F-1-11s in Vietnam. 

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    It's been almost a half a century since Mark Christman flew F-1-11s in Vietnam. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Carroll Harris

    Freedom Fighters: Carroll Harris

    Monday, February 27 2017 4:11 PM EST2017-02-27 21:11:10 GMT

    "My mother gave me this. This is a mustard seed," says Carroll Harris. 

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    "My mother gave me this. This is a mustard seed," says Carroll Harris. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: James McMillen

    Freedom Fighters: James McMillen

    Friday, February 17 2017 11:16 PM EST2017-02-18 04:16:17 GMT

    As for his service to our country, James McMillen modestly says, "I feel that I did my duty."

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    As for his service to our country, James McMillen modestly says, "I feel that I did my duty."

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  • Freedom Fighters: Lieutenant General Howard Fish

    Freedom Fighters: Lieutenant General Howard Fish

    Saturday, February 4 2017 7:02 PM EST2017-02-05 00:02:37 GMT

    The prisoner of war medal, distinguished flying crosses, and numerous other medals can't begin to fully tell the story of Lieutenant General Howard Fish's career in the U.S. Air Force. 

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    The prisoner of war medal, distinguished flying crosses, and numerous other medals can't begin to fully tell the story of Lieutenant General Howard Fish's career in the U.S. Air Force. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Robert Gibson

    Freedom Fighters: Robert Gibson

    Saturday, January 28 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-01-28 23:56:26 GMT

    Robert Gibson joined the military in 1973 when he was 17. 

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    Robert Gibson joined the military in 1973 when he was 17. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jerrell Herron

    Freedom Fighters: Jerrell Herron

    Friday, January 13 2017 10:17 PM EST2017-01-14 03:17:58 GMT

    The Vietnam War lasted sixteen years, from 1959 to 1975. But Jerrell Herron has found that friendships made in war can last a lifetime. 

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    The Vietnam War lasted sixteen years, from 1959 to 1975. But Jerrell Herron has found that friendships made in war can last a lifetime. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Paul Cicero

    Freedom Fighters: Paul Cicero

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 2:21 PM EST2017-01-04 19:21:34 GMT

    Paul Cicero wanted to fly as far back has he can remember. 

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    Paul Cicero wanted to fly as far back has he can remember. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Glenn Daigle

    Freedom Fighters: Glenn Daigle

    Friday, December 30 2016 10:22 PM EST2016-12-31 03:22:09 GMT
    (Source: Glenn Daigle)(Source: Glenn Daigle)

    After a series of peace talks and negotiations, Daigle was released from prison on February 12, 1973. His first press conference was to remind everyone of those who didn't make it back. 

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    After a series of peace talks and negotiations, Daigle was released from prison on February 12, 1973. His first press conference was to remind everyone of those who didn't make it back. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Korean Star

    Freedom Fighters: Korean Star

    Thursday, December 22 2016 11:14 AM EST2016-12-22 16:14:57 GMT

    Bill Lynn is proud to be one of the 'chosin few', one of the marines that held out over overwhelming odds at the Battle of Korea's Chosin Reservoir.

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    Bill Lynn is proud to be one of the 'chosin few', one of the marines that held out over overwhelming odds at the Battle of Korea's Chosin Reservoir.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Floyd Offhaus

    Freedom Fighters: Floyd Offhaus

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 10:44 AM EST2016-12-13 15:44:08 GMT

    The small piece of metal that Floyd Offhaus has saved for almost three-quarters of a century, is a daily reminder of the hundreds of pieces of shells that could have killed him in World War II.

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    The small piece of metal that Floyd Offhaus has saved for almost three-quarters of a century, is a daily reminder of the hundreds of pieces of shells that could have killed him in World War II.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Joe Hively

    Freedom Fighters: Joe Hively

    Monday, December 12 2016 10:31 AM EST2016-12-12 15:31:27 GMT

    Joe Hively joined the U.S. Air Force in November of 1966. Right in the middle of the Vietnam War.

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    Joe Hively joined the U.S. Air Force in November of 1966. Right in the middle of the Vietnam War.

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  • Freedom Fighters: B.C. Jones

    Freedom Fighters: B.C. Jones

    Friday, December 9 2016 10:22 PM EST2016-12-10 03:22:24 GMT

    B.C. Jones joined the Navy in January of 1944 at the age of 19. Nine months later he was on this way to the Pacific, where American forces were driving the Japanese back, island by island.

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    B.C. Jones joined the Navy in January of 1944 at the age of 19. Nine months later he was on this way to the Pacific, where American forces were driving the Japanese back, island by island.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor

    Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 3:53 PM EST2016-11-29 20:53:59 GMT

    Dec. 7, 1941, 7:55 a.m., Bud Taylor, an 18-year-old gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S Pennsylvania, had just finished breakfast when all hell broke loose.

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    Dec. 7, 1941, 7:55 a.m., Bud Taylor, an 18-year-old gunner's mate aboard the U.S.S Pennsylvania, had just finished breakfast when all hell broke loose.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Badger

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Badger

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 2:47 PM EST2016-11-22 19:47:39 GMT

    Jim Badger was nineteen when he joined the Army in 1950.

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    Jim Badger was nineteen when he joined the Army in 1950.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Norman Callison

    Freedom Fighters: Norman Callison

    Friday, November 11 2016 11:27 PM EST2016-11-12 04:27:44 GMT

    Norman Callison joined the Army Air Corps in World War II, hoping to fly, but those hopes were soon dashed when his captain pulled up his report

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    Norman Callison joined the Army Air Corps in World War II, hoping to fly, but those hopes were soon dashed when his captain pulled up his report.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Mike Collins

    Freedom Fighters: Mike Collins

    Friday, November 4 2016 4:05 PM EDT2016-11-04 20:05:00 GMT

    Mike Collins served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. 

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    Mike Collins served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Thomas Baxter

    Freedom Fighters: Thomas Baxter

    Friday, October 28 2016 11:36 AM EDT2016-10-28 15:36:55 GMT

    After joining the Navy in 1967 and training as a Naval Airman, Thomas Baxter arrived in Vietnam 1969.

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    After joining the Navy in 1967 and training as a Naval Airman, Thomas Baxter arrived in Vietnam 1969.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Robert Frost

    Freedom Fighters: Robert Frost

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 11:09 AM EDT2016-10-19 15:09:16 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    Robert Frost received his commission through ROTC in college and qualified for flight school.

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    Robert Frost received his commission through ROTC in college and qualified for flight school.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ed Hammond

    Freedom Fighters: Ed Hammond

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 9:32 AM EDT2016-10-12 13:32:01 GMT

    Ed Hammond was 18 when he joined the First Marine Regiment in November of 1943 and shipped out for the Pacific Island on Pelilu.

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    Ed Hammond was 18 when he joined the First Marine Regiment in November of 1943 and shipped out for the Pacific Island on Pelilu.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Pepper

    Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Pepper

    Friday, October 7 2016 11:42 PM EDT2016-10-08 03:42:46 GMT
    (Source: KLTV)(Source: KLTV)

    Kenneth Pepper of Winnsboro had many close calls in Vietnam during his time there serving the U.S. Army in 1968, including stepping on a booby trap that didn't go off and having his helmet shot off his head. 

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    Kenneth Pepper of Winnsboro had many close calls in Vietnam during his time there serving the U.S. Army in 1968, including stepping on a booby trap that didn't go off and having his helmet shot off his head. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Mike Welch

    Freedom Fighters: Mike Welch

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 3:30 PM EDT2016-09-27 19:30:02 GMT

    Mike Welch works night security at Buckner Westminister in Longview.

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    Mike Welch works night security at Buckner Westminister in Longview.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Bernie Goode

    Freedom Fighters: Bernie Goode

    Saturday, September 24 2016 12:11 AM EDT2016-09-24 04:11:54 GMT

    At the age of 92, Bernie Goode looks back on 31-years spent in the U.S. military.

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    At the age of 92, Bernie Goode looks back on 31-years spent in the U.S. military.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Carl Seiber

    Freedom Fighters: Carl Seiber

    Saturday, September 17 2016 8:19 PM EDT2016-09-18 00:19:16 GMT

    Freedom fighters presents Carl Sieber 

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    Freedom fighters presents Carl Sieber 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ray Terry

    Freedom Fighters: Ray Terry

    Monday, September 12 2016 2:15 PM EDT2016-09-12 18:15:54 GMT
    (Source: KLTV staff)(Source: KLTV staff)

    Ray Terry had always wanted to fly, but when he joined the air corps as a seventeen-year-old, in October of 1942, he got more than he had bargained for.

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    Ray Terry had always wanted to fly, but when he joined the air corps as a seventeen-year-old, in October of 1942, he got more than he had bargained for.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Roosevelt McKeller

    Freedom Fighters: Roosevelt McKeller

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 3:59 PM EDT2016-08-24 19:59:23 GMT

    Post -traumatic stress and agent orange illnesses  have followed Roosevelt McKeller since his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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    Post -traumatic stress and agent orange illnesses  have followed Roosevelt McKeller since his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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  • Freedom Fighters: John Meyers

    Freedom Fighters: John Meyers

    Friday, August 12 2016 11:30 PM EDT2016-08-13 03:30:21 GMT

    John Meyers fought the Vietcong with concrete instead of bullets, something he hadn't imagined when he joined the Air Force in 1963 and became a combat civil engineer.

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    John Meyers fought the Vietcong with concrete instead of bullets, something he hadn't imagined when he joined the Air Force in 1963 and became a combat civil engineer.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Harry Kancyr

    Freedom Fighters: Harry Kancyr

    Friday, August 5 2016 11:49 PM EDT2016-08-06 03:49:50 GMT
    (Source: Harry Kancyr)(Source: Harry Kancyr)

    Harry Kancyr joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 18.

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    Harry Kancyr joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 18.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Col. Gid Terry

    Freedom Fighters: Col. Gid Terry

    Friday, July 8 2016 11:17 PM EDT2016-07-09 03:17:26 GMT

    When Gid Terry went into the air force fro his college ROTC program in 1955, he never planned on making a career of it.  

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    When Gid Terry went into the air force fro his college ROTC program in 1955, he never planned on making a career of it.  

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  • Freedom Fighters: Alonzo Hodgson

    Freedom Fighters: Alonzo Hodgson

    Sunday, July 3 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-07-03 22:33:51 GMT
    Source: KLTV StaffSource: KLTV Staff

    Alonzo Hodgson was still a teenager when he was involved in two of the fiercest battles of World War Two. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. Two years later, he was hitting the beaches of Iwo Jima on the second day of the invasion.

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    Alonzo Hodgson was still a teenager when he was involved in two of the fiercest battles of World War Two. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. Two years later, he was hitting the beaches of Iwo Jima on the second day of the invasion.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Ken Simpson

    Freedom Fighters: Ken Simpson

    Friday, June 24 2016 10:17 PM EDT2016-06-25 02:17:42 GMT
    (Source: Ken Simpson)(Source: Ken Simpson)
    Ken Simpson fought in World War II, even before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Watch his story on this week's Freedom Fighters.  More >>
    Ken Simpson fought in World War II, even before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Watch his story on this week's Freedom Fighters.  More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Sistrunk

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Sistrunk

    Friday, June 10 2016 11:54 PM EDT2016-06-11 03:54:47 GMT
    Dale Sistrunk was a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He shares his story with Joan Hallmark in this week's Freedom Fighters. More >>
    Dale Sistrunk was a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He shares his story with Joan Hallmark in this week's Freedom Fighters. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: David Hammonds

    Freedom Fighters: David Hammonds

    Friday, June 3 2016 11:15 PM EDT2016-06-04 03:15:30 GMT
    (Source: David Hammonds)(Source: David Hammonds)

    David Hammonds graduated from Wills Point High School in 2006. He joined the Army in 2007 and after extensive basic training, was sent to Iraq in 2011.

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    David Hammonds graduated from Wills Point High School in 2006. He joined the Army in 2007 and after extensive basic training, was sent to Iraq in 2011.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Roy King

    Freedom Fighters: Roy King

    Friday, May 27 2016 11:30 PM EDT2016-05-28 03:30:11 GMT
    (Source: Roy King)(Source: Roy King)

    Roy King spent six months in a Tokyo hospital after being wounded in Korea. King went into the army in May of 1952, and arrived in Korea four months later.

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    Roy King spent six months in a Tokyo hospital after being wounded in Korea. King went into the army in May of 1952, and arrived in Korea four months later.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Howard

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Howard

    Saturday, May 14 2016 12:00 AM EDT2016-05-14 04:00:02 GMT

    Charles "Bo" Howard arrived in Vietnam on July 8, 1965 with the 101st Airborne. He found out what war was really like within the first few days in the country. 

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    Charles "Bo" Howard arrived in Vietnam on July 8, 1965 with the 101st Airborne. He found out what war was really like within the first few days in the country. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Norma Kee

    Freedom Fighters: Norma Kee

    Friday, May 6 2016 11:14 PM EDT2016-05-07 03:14:26 GMT

    At the age of 94, Norma Kee can look back over a lifetime of accomplishments, not the least of which is serving our country in World War II. Norma had just turned 21 when the Women's Army Corps was organized. 

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    At the age of 94, Norma Kee can look back over a lifetime of accomplishments, not the least of which is serving our country in World War II. Norma had just turned 21 when the Women's Army Corps was organized. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Doug Ham

    Freedom Fighters: Doug Ham

    Friday, April 15 2016 9:23 PM EDT2016-04-16 01:23:38 GMT
    (Source: Doug Ham)(Source: Doug Ham)

    Doug Ham arrived in Europe on January 31, 1945. It was the coldest winter on record, with temperatures dipping to 20 below zero.

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    Doug Ham arrived in Europe on January 31, 1945. It was the coldest winter on record, with temperatures dipping to 20 below zero.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Hardwick

    Saturday, March 19 2016 8:55 PM EDT2016-03-20 00:55:52 GMT
    (Source: Bill Hardwick)(Source: Bill Hardwick)

    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight, and fight he did, in two wars and a motion picture.

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    Bill Hardwick joined the Army to fight, and fight he did, in two wars and a motion picture.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Myrle Hall

    Freedom Fighters: Myrle Hall

    Friday, March 11 2016 11:57 PM EST2016-03-12 04:57:46 GMT
    (Source: Myrle Hall)(Source: Myrle Hall)

    Myrle Hall spent twelve and a half years in the Air Force during World War Two and Korea. 

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    Myrle Hall spent twelve and a half years in the Air Force during World War Two and Korea. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Clinton Culpepper

    Freedom Fighters: Clinton Culpepper

    Saturday, March 5 2016 9:32 PM EST2016-03-06 02:32:29 GMT
    (Source: Clinton Culpepper)(Source: Clinton Culpepper)

    Clinton Culpepper was nineteen when he joined the navy in October of 1943.

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    Clinton Culpepper was nineteen when he joined the navy in October of 1943.

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  • Freedom Fighters: R.D. Wittner

    Freedom Fighters: R.D. Wittner

    Monday, February 15 2016 1:19 PM EST2016-02-15 18:19:29 GMT
    R.D. Wittner. (Source: KLTV Staff)R.D. Wittner. (Source: KLTV Staff)

    R.D. Wittner's Chinook helicopter was shot down once, and was shot up many times in Vietnam.  

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    R.D. Wittner's Chinook helicopter was shot down once, and was shot up many times in Vietnam.  

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  • Freedom Fighters: James Arriola

    Freedom Fighters: James Arriola

    Friday, February 12 2016 11:49 PM EST2016-02-13 04:49:15 GMT
  • Freedom Fighters: Ivy Raborn

    Freedom Fighters: Ivy Raborn

    Friday, January 29 2016 10:45 PM EST2016-01-30 03:45:47 GMT
    The Korean War, which lasted from June 25, 1950 until June 27, 1953, is often called "The Forgotten War." But to the families of the 33,652 servicemen who lost their lives in Korea, it's a war that will never be forgotten. More >>

    The Korean War, which lasted from June 25, 1950 until June 27, 1953, is often called "The Forgotten War." But to the families of the 33,652 servicemen who lost their lives in Korea, it's a war that will never be forgotten.

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  • Freedom Fighters: David Holland

    Freedom Fighters: David Holland

    Sunday, January 24 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-01-24 21:22:51 GMT

    David Holland had only been married three weeks when he was shipped to Vietnam in September of 1968. He was determined to return home to his bride, but found out staying alive in the Vietnam War was easier said than done.

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    David Holland had only been married three weeks when he was shipped to Vietnam in September of 1968. He was determined to return home to his bride, but found out staying alive in the Vietnam War was easier said than done.

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  • Freedom Fighters: The Veterans Plaza

    Freedom Fighters: The Veterans Plaza

    Friday, January 1 2016 11:45 PM EST2016-01-02 04:45:46 GMT
    The Veterans Plaza in Longview honors veterans of all wars, all branches, and all generations.    More >>

    The Veterans Plaza in Longview honors veterans of all wars, all branches, and all generations.   

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  • Freedom Fighters: J.L. Kirkpatrick

    Freedom Fighters: J.L. Kirkpatrick

    Friday, December 11 2015 11:30 PM EST2015-12-12 04:30:43 GMT
    More than 325,000 men served with the Seabees in World War II, fighting and building on six continents and more than 300 islands in the PacificMore >>

    More than 325,000 men served with the Seabees in World War II, fighting and building on six continents and more than 300 islands in the Pacific

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  • Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Freedom Fighters: Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Saturday, December 5 2015 5:23 PM EST2015-12-05 22:23:57 GMT
    East Texans share their firsthand accounts of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. More >>

    East Texans share their firsthand accounts of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

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  • Freedom Fighters: Helen Shoop and Johnny Lightfoot

    Freedom Fighters: Helen Shoop and Johnny Lightfoot

    Friday, November 20 2015 11:58 PM EST2015-11-21 04:58:47 GMT
    Helen Shoop was living in her native state of Pennsylvania when she joined the Women's Army Corps, or WACs, in 1943.More >>

    Helen Shoop was living in her native state of Pennsylvania when she joined the Women's Army Corps, or WACs, in 1943.

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  • Freedom Fighters: Amy Amerson

    Freedom Fighters: Amy Amerson

    Saturday, November 7 2015 12:50 PM EST2015-11-07 17:50:23 GMT
    Amy Amerson was in nurses training on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. More >>
    Amy Amerson was in nurses training on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: J.C. Baucher

    Freedom Fighters: J.C. Baucher

    Friday, October 30 2015 11:59 PM EDT2015-10-31 03:59:01 GMT

    "I made a commitment to the Air Force when I was seventeen," J.C. Baucher, said. "Then you could go into the Navy or Marines at 17, but you couldn't go into the Army or Air Force until you were 18."

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    "I made a commitment to the Air Force when I was seventeen," J.C. Baucher, said. "Then you could go into the Navy or Marines at 17, but you couldn't go into the Army or Air Force until you were 18."

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  • Freedom Fighters: Boots Brooks

    Freedom Fighters: Boots Brooks

    Sunday, October 25 2015 5:22 PM EDT2015-10-25 21:22:50 GMT
    Before Boots Brooks joined the Navy in 1942, he had never even been on a ship, but he learned fast what life aboard ship could be during war.More >>
    Before Boots Brooks joined the Navy in 1942, he had never even been on a ship, but he learned fast what life aboard ship could be during war.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Grandstaff

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Grandstaff

    Monday, October 19 2015 12:38 PM EDT2015-10-19 16:38:06 GMT
    Around Overton, TX, Dale Grandstaff is known as "the Sign Man." It's a service Grandstaff has been doing for his community for more than 30 years.More >>
    Around Overton, TX, Dale Grandstaff is known as "the Sign Man." It's a service Grandstaff has been doing for his community for more than 30 years.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Nick Sciarrini

    Freedom Fighters: Nick Sciarrini

    Sunday, October 11 2015 6:07 PM EDT2015-10-11 22:07:48 GMT
    Nick Sciarrini joined the Navy as a hospital recruit, which led to a lifetime in medicine. Sciarrini had liked his health and biology classes in high school so much, he decided a career in medicine was the path he should take.More >>
    Nick Sciarrini joined the Navy as a hospital recruit, which led to a lifetime in medicine. Sciarrini had liked his health and biology classes in high school so much, he decided a career in medicine was the path he should take.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: USS Bollinger reunion

    Freedom Fighters: USS Bollinger reunion

    Saturday, October 3 2015 12:09 AM EDT2015-10-03 04:09:24 GMT
    On December 7, 1944, a group of young men, still in their teens boarded the USS Bollinger on their way to war.More >>
    On December 7, 1944, a group of young men, still in their teens boarded the USS Bollinger on their way to war.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George Putnam

    Freedom Fighters: George Putnam

    Sunday, September 27 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-09-27 22:05:34 GMT
    George Putnam joined the Marine Corps when he was 17 and still in high school, but he says in the jungles of Vietnam, he grew up fast.More >>
    George Putnam joined the Marine Corps when he was 17 and still in high school, but he says in the jungles of Vietnam, he grew up fast.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The American Freedom Museum

    Freedom Fighters: The American Freedom Museum

    Sunday, September 20 2015 4:59 PM EDT2015-09-20 20:59:52 GMT
    The Purple Heart is our nation's oldest military medal. It is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed in action.More >>
    The Purple Heart is our nation's oldest military medal. It is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed in action.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Walter Winn

    Freedom Fighters: Walter Winn

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 6:10 PM EDT2015-09-16 22:10:39 GMT
    Piloting an airplane was the last thing left on Walter Winn's "bucket list." He'd served in the Navy, had a successful career, married and raised a family, and traveled extensively.More >>
    Piloting an airplane was the last thing left on Walter Winn's "bucket list." He'd served in the Navy, had a successful career, married and raised a family, and traveled extensively.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jerry Herring

    Freedom Fighters: Jerry Herring

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 4:13 PM EDT2015-09-16 20:13:19 GMT
    Jerry Herring was to learn the tactics of the Vietcong firsthand when he arrived in Vietnam in 1967.He had joined the army as a brash teenager the year before, but that was soon to change.Herring was forced to grow up in his very first battle. The battle took place in a deep jungle. The squad's front men were cut down in an ambush, and Herring and his men didn't know which direction to fire.“It seemed like the battle lasted hours, but about 30 minutes and it was over. They just h...More >>
    Jerry Herring was to learn the tactics of the Vietcong firsthand when he arrived in Vietnam in 1967.He had joined the army as a brash teenager the year before, but that was soon to change.Herring was forced to grow up in his very first battle. The battle took place in a deep jungle. The squad's front men were cut down in an ambush, and Herring and his men didn't know which direction to fire.“It seemed like the battle lasted hours, but about 30 minutes and it was over. They just h...More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Henry Pendergrass

    Freedom Fighters: Henry Pendergrass

    Friday, August 21 2015 11:21 PM EDT2015-08-22 03:21:06 GMT
    Henry Pendergrass of Tyler, Texas, was only on active duty for six months during World War II. But during that time, he was involved in one of the war's longest and most ferocious battles, the Battle of Okinawa.More >>
    Henry Pendergrass of Tyler, Texas, was only on active duty for six months during World War II. But during that time, he was involved in one of the war's longest and most ferocious battles, the Battle of Okinawa.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters:John Rappazzo

    Freedom Fighters:John Rappazzo

    Friday, August 14 2015 9:45 PM EDT2015-08-15 01:45:12 GMT
    John Rappazzo of Longview, Texas, tried to join the Navy when he was only sixteen, soon after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Although he was turned away because of his age, he did join at eighteen and spent eighteen months aboard the destroyer the "U.S.S. Healey.More >>
    John Rappazzo of Longview, Texas, tried to join the Navy when he was only sixteen, soon after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Although he was turned away because of his age, he did join at eighteen and spent eighteen months aboard the destroyer the "U.S.S. Healey.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Harold Raines

    Freedom Fighters: Harold Raines

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:39 PM EDT2015-07-25 03:39:44 GMT
    Harold Raines (Source: Family)Harold Raines (Source: Family)
    When World War II ended, Harold Raines thought war, for him, was over. That was, until he received a letter four years later, calling him back to the Navy. More >>
    When World War II ended, Harold Raines thought war, for him, was over. That was, until he received a letter four years later, calling him back to the Navy. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Johns 'Johnny' Clark

    Freedom Fighters: Johns 'Johnny' Clark

    Friday, July 17 2015 9:53 PM EDT2015-07-18 01:53:29 GMT
    Johns "Johnny" Clark of Gresham, Texas,  joined the Navy the day after high school graduation in May of 1942.  Four weeks later, he was a Signalman aboard the U,S,S, Wade Hampton, guarding a convoy crossing the North Atlantic.More >>
    Johns "Johnny" Clark of Gresham, Texas,  joined the Navy the day after high school graduation in May of 1942.  Four weeks later, he was a Signalman aboard the U,S,S, Wade Hampton, guarding a convoy crossing the North Atlantic.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Richard Fountain

    Freedom Fighters: Richard Fountain

    Friday, July 10 2015 10:31 PM EDT2015-07-11 02:31:40 GMT
    Richard Fountain found out on his very first mission that driving an APC was one of the most dangerous jobs in Vietnam.More >>
    Richard Fountain found out on his very first mission that driving an APC was one of the most dangerous jobs in Vietnam.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: David Applewhite

    Freedom Fighters: David Applewhite

    Friday, June 26 2015 10:27 PM EDT2015-06-27 02:27:35 GMT
    David Applewhite joined the Air Force in 1968 after a friend was killed in Vietnam. ..More >>
    David Applewhite joined the Air Force in 1968 after a friend was killed in Vietnam. ..More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: B.C. Selden

    Freedom Fighters: B.C. Selden

    Friday, June 19 2015 11:39 PM EDT2015-06-20 03:39:50 GMT
    B.C. Selden of Gilmer, Texas, flew twelve combat missions as a navigator and bombardier in a B-25 Bomber during World War II.More >>
    B.C. Selden of Gilmer, Texas, flew twelve combat missions as a navigator and bombardier in a B-25 Bomber during World War II.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The Patriot Guard

    Freedom Fighters: The Patriot Guard

    Friday, June 12 2015 9:53 PM EDT2015-06-13 01:53:06 GMT
    The Huey helicopter in the Brookhill School's Freedom Museum brings back a flood of memories for Steve Conger and John Bradberry. Even though the Vietnam War itself was bad enough, Bradberry was a transfer medic in Vietnam, and Conger trained officers, many of whom never came back from war. More >>
    The Huey helicopter in the Brookhill School's Freedom Museum brings back a flood of memories for Steve Conger and John Bradberry. Even though the Vietnam War itself was bad enough, Bradberry was a transfer medic in Vietnam, and Conger trained officers, many of whom never came back from war. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Mullins

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Mullins

    Friday, June 5 2015 9:15 PM EDT2015-06-06 01:15:43 GMT
    Bill Mullins of Mineola, Texas, joined the navy at age 17. He was right out of high school. More >>
    Bill Mullins of Mineola, Texas, joined the navy at age 17. He was right out of high school. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Lawrence Robinson

    Freedom Fighters: Lawrence Robinson

    Friday, May 29 2015 11:21 PM EDT2015-05-30 03:21:41 GMT
    Lawrence Robinson, of Chandler, joined the Army Air Corps in April 1943. He arrived in the Pacific early in 1945 and flew 35 combat missions as a co-pilot in a B-24 "Liberator", primarily on bombing missions before troop landings on the Pacific Islands.More >>
    Lawrence Robinson, of Chandler, joined the Army Air Corps in April 1943. He arrived in the Pacific early in 1945 and flew 35 combat missions as a co-pilot in a B-24 "Liberator", primarily on bombing missions before troop landings on the Pacific Islands.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Hank Kastrop

    Freedom Fighters: Hank Kastrop

    Thursday, May 21 2015 6:27 PM EDT2015-05-21 22:27:44 GMT
    Even though Hank Kastrop's degree in Petroleum Engineering provided him with an automatic exemption in World War II, he wanted to get into the fight, so he applied for Navy Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to "Underwater Harbor Detection."More >>
    Even though Hank Kastrop's degree in Petroleum Engineering provided him with an automatic exemption in World War II, he wanted to get into the fight, so he applied for Navy Officer Candidate School. He was assigned to "Underwater Harbor Detection."More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Pete Vasil

    Freedom Fighters: Pete Vasil

    Friday, May 15 2015 10:30 PM EDT2015-05-16 02:30:58 GMT
    Not only has the battle for the tiny Pacific island of Pelilu been described as "the most difficult battle of World War II," the island itself has been called "The Forgotten Corner of Hell." Pete Vasil of Longview, Texas, was to find there were many reasons for both.More >>
    Not only has the battle for the tiny Pacific island of Pelilu been described as "the most difficult battle of World War II," the island itself has been called "The Forgotten Corner of Hell." Pete Vasil of Longview, Texas, was to find there were many reasons for both.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George Regas

    Freedom Fighters: George Regas

    Friday, May 8 2015 8:52 PM EDT2015-05-09 00:52:50 GMT
    At the age of 18, George Regas of Whitehouse, Texas, arrived with the 27th Battalion of "the Fighting Seabees," just in time for the last big battle of World War Two: The Battle of Okinawa.More >>
    At the age of 18, George Regas of Whitehouse, Texas, arrived with the 27th Battalion of "the Fighting Seabees," just in time for the last big battle of World War Two: The Battle of Okinawa.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Gary Kidwell

    Freedom Fighters: Gary Kidwell

    Friday, May 1 2015 9:40 PM EDT2015-05-02 01:40:54 GMT
    Gary Kidwell lived through rocket and sniper attacks in Vietnam, only to have his life shortened by exposure to Agent Orange."I had two to six months, and that was a month ago, so now it's one to five," Kidwell said.More >>
    Gary Kidwell lived through rocket and sniper attacks in Vietnam, only to have his life shortened by exposure to Agent Orange."I had two to six months, and that was a month ago, so now it's one to five," Kidwell said.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Hodges

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Hodges

    Saturday, April 25 2015 12:34 AM EDT2015-04-25 04:34:41 GMT
    Jim Hodges was aboard a tanker, one of the most dangerous places to be during World War II.More >>
    Jim Hodges was aboard a tanker, one of the most dangerous places to be during World War II.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Charlie Fant

    Freedom Fighters: Charlie Fant

    Friday, April 17 2015 9:35 PM EDT2015-04-18 01:35:46 GMT
    Charlie Fant says when he joined the Navy in April of 1943, he volunteered to kill or be killed. In the thirteen major battles he was part of, there chances for both.Charlie Fant learned in the very first of his battles in the South Pacific that his prediction of "kill or be killed." could easily come true.More >>
    Charlie Fant says when he joined the Navy in April of 1943, he volunteered to kill or be killed. In the thirteen major battles he was part of, there chances for both.Charlie Fant learned in the very first of his battles in the South Pacific that his prediction of "kill or be killed." could easily come true.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Snow

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Snow

    Saturday, April 11 2015 12:00 AM EDT2015-04-11 04:00:29 GMT
    Jim Snow knows all about the "Charlie model," and other helicopter models flown in Vietnam during the sixteen years from 1959 to 1975, that the Vietnam War lasted.More >>
    Jim Snow knows all about the "Charlie model," and other helicopter models flown in Vietnam during the sixteen years from 1959 to 1975, that the Vietnam War lasted.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Harrelson

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Harrelson

    Friday, April 3 2015 9:32 PM EDT2015-04-04 01:32:31 GMT
    Dale Harrelson, who served in Vietnam in the Quartermaster Corps from October 1970 to October 1971, describes what he calls his 'angel story.'More >>
    Dale Harrelson, who served in Vietnam in the Quartermaster Corps from October 1970 to October 1971, describes what he calls his 'angel story.'More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Louis Dumas

    Freedom Fighters: Louis Dumas

    Friday, March 6 2015 10:58 PM EST2015-03-07 03:58:13 GMT
    Lying about his age, Louis Dumas of Henderson, Texas, joined the Navy at the age of fourteen in 1942. More >>
    Lying about his age, Louis Dumas of Henderson, Texas, joined the Navy at the age of fourteen in 1942. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Frank McBride

    Freedom Fighters: Frank McBride

    Friday, February 27 2015 10:50 PM EST2015-02-28 03:50:49 GMT
    Frank McBride in uniform. (Source: Frank McBride)Frank McBride in uniform. (Source: Frank McBride)
    It was the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that Frank McBride went to the nearest recruitment office and joined the U.S. Air Corps.More >>
    It was the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor that Frank McBride went to the nearest recruitment office and joined the U.S. Air Corps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Friday, February 20 2015 9:17 PM EST2015-02-21 02:17:15 GMT
    Earl Downey was only 19 when he was assigned to pilot a B-24 Liberator in World War II.His crew of ten were all teenagers with only six months of training. More >>
    Earl Downey was only 19 when he was assigned to pilot a B-24 Liberator in World War II.His crew of ten were all teenagers with only six months of training. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jesse Casady

    Freedom Fighters: Jesse Casady

    Friday, February 13 2015 8:35 PM EST2015-02-14 01:35:17 GMT
    During his ninety-five years of life, Jesse Casady made history for our country in both war and in peace.Casady, as a member of the U.S. Air Corps, arrived on Normandy Beach on June 26,1944.More >>
    During his ninety-five years of life, Jesse Casady made history for our country in both war and in peace.Casady, as a member of the U.S. Air Corps, arrived on Normandy Beach on June 26,1944.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Smith

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Smith

    Friday, February 6 2015 10:40 PM EST2015-02-07 03:40:03 GMT
    Charles Smith shares his story with Joan Hallmark (Source: KLTV News Staff)Charles Smith shares his story with Joan Hallmark (Source: KLTV News Staff)
    Charles Smith of Tyler, Texas, joined the Navy in 1967 because he wanted to serve his country. That meant two tours of duty aboard the USS Turner Joy along the Vietnam coastline.More >>
    Charles Smith of Tyler, Texas, joined the Navy in 1967 because he wanted to serve his country. That meant two tours of duty aboard the USS Turner Joy along the Vietnam coastline.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Allan Harris

    Freedom Fighters: Allan Harris

    Friday, December 26 2014 8:14 PM EST2014-12-27 01:14:27 GMT
     Allan Harris joined the Navy as an eighteen year old in 1942, not because he wanted to sail ships, but because he wanted to fly. More >>
     Allan Harris joined the Navy as an eighteen year old in 1942, not because he wanted to sail ships, but because he wanted to fly. 
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  • Freedom Fighters: C.D. Gilbert

    Freedom Fighters: C.D. Gilbert

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:10:05 GMT
    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:14:16 GMT
    When C.D. Gilbert talks about his service in World War II, he says that although he's never pulled a trigger on a single individual, he's “helped kill more than a million people."More >>
    When C.D. Gilbert talks about his service in World War II, he says that although he's never pulled a trigger on a single individual, he's “helped kill more than a million people."
    More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Snyder

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Snyder

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:27:13 GMT
    Friday, August 22 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:00:30 GMT
    Charles Snyder (Source: Family)Charles Snyder (Source: Family)
    Charles Snyder's five Battle Stars only begin to the tell the story of his odyssey through North Africa and Italy in World War II.More >>
    Charles Snyder's five Battle Stars only begin to the tell the story of his odyssey through North Africa and Italy in World War II.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Victor Zillmer

    Freedom Fighters: Victor Zillmer

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:08:37 GMT
    Friday, August 15 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:08:37 GMT
    In spite of a Master's Degree and teaching opportunities, Victor Zillmer joined the Army in 1981. He retired thirty years later as a Lt. Colonel after nineteen deployments.More >>
    In spite of a Master's Degree and teaching opportunities, Victor Zillmer joined the Army in 1981. He retired thirty years later as a Lt. Colonel after nineteen deployments.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Shirley McKeller

    Freedom Fighters: Shirley McKeller

    Friday, January 30 2015 11:16 PM EST2015-01-31 04:16:38 GMT
    Shirley McKeller served 18 years in the U.S. Army as a nurse. More >>
    Shirley McKeller served 18 years in the U.S. Army as a nurse. More >>
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  • Freedom Fighters; Lee Godsey

    Freedom Fighters; Lee Godsey

    Friday, March 18 2011 10:46 PM EDT2011-03-19 02:46:14 GMT
    Lee Godsey was assigned to teach landing craft operations in World War two until he asked "to go where the action was."More >>
  • Freedom Fighters; Willard Ward

    Freedom Fighters; Willard Ward

    Friday, January 14 2011 10:59 PM EST2011-01-15 03:59:12 GMT
    Willard Ward says he first joined the Army in 1935 to "get out of the cotton fields." But when Ward joined again in 1941 right after Pearl Harbor, it was to defend his country.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Aalon Ferguson

    Freedom Fighters: Aalon Ferguson

    Friday, October 26 2012 9:50 AM EDT2012-10-26 13:50:09 GMT
    Aalon Ferguson was only 18 and a senior in high school, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Two months after the attack he joined the army with a salary of $21 a month.More >>
    Aalon Ferguson was only 18 and a senior in high school, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Two months after the attack he joined the army with a salary of $21 a month.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Eitell

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Eitell

    Thursday, October 25 2012 10:24 AM EDT2012-10-25 14:24:55 GMT
    During his time at Texas A&M Jim Eitell hadn't planned on a career in the army. It was after his commission as an officer that he begin to think about life in the military.More >>
    During his time at Texas A&M Jim Eitell hadn't planned on a career in the army. It was after his commission as an officer that he begin to think about life in the military.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Hand Family

    Freedom Fighters: Hand Family

    Thursday, October 25 2012 9:52 AM EDT2012-10-25 13:52:40 GMT
    Whether it was the 1940's,..the 1970's, or the 1990's, their service in combat often seems like yesterday to Robert, Jack and Heath Hand.More >>
    Whether it was the 1940's,..the 1970's, or the 1990's, their service in combat often seems like yesterday to Robert, Jack and Heath Hand.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Ramon Buhay

    Freedom Fighters: Ramon Buhay

    Thursday, October 25 2012 9:25 AM EDT2012-10-25 13:25:33 GMT
    This newspaper from seventy years ago, doesn't begin to capture the trauma of the Pearl Harbor bombing, where the U.S. Pacific fleet was destroyed by a Japanese sneak attack.More >>
    This newspaper from seventy years ago, doesn't begin to capture the trauma of the Pearl Harbor bombing, where the U.S. Pacific fleet was destroyed by a Japanese sneak attack.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Sam Garrison

    Freedom Fighters: Sam Garrison

    Thursday, October 25 2012 9:10 AM EDT2012-10-25 13:10:44 GMT
    Sam Garrison was an engineering student in Los Angeles December 7th, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.More >>
    Sam Garrison was an engineering student in Los Angeles December 7th, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Terry Massey

    Freedom Fighters: Terry Massey

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 10:21 AM EDT2012-10-24 14:21:23 GMT
    It's been 67 years since Terry Massey landed on the beaches of Iwo Jima, a tiny island lying midway between the Marianas and the Japanese mainland., essential to the bombing of Japan.More >>
    It's been 67 years since Terry Massey landed on the beaches of Iwo Jima, a tiny island lying midway between the Marianas and the Japanese mainland., essential to the bombing of Japan.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Clyde Hussey

    Freedom Fighters: Clyde Hussey

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 10:11 AM EDT2012-10-24 14:11:01 GMT
    Clyde Hussey knows the real story because he was part of that very last bombing on April 15,1945.More >>
    Clyde Hussey knows the real story because he was part of that very last bombing on April 15,1945.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Signilliat

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Signilliat

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 9:55 AM EDT2012-10-24 13:55:13 GMT
    It was the morning of December 16,1944 and Bill Gignilliat was on guard duty in the little Belgium community of Bucholz Station.More >>
    It was the morning of December 16,1944 and Bill Gignilliat was on guard duty in the little Belgium community of Bucholz Station.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: John Dodd

    Freedom Fighters: John Dodd

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 9:40 AM EDT2012-10-24 13:40:28 GMT
    During his twenty years in the U.S. Navy, John Dodd fought in three wars: World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam, and rose to the rank of chief petty officer, a rank rarely achieved by African Americans during that time.More >>
    During his twenty years in the U.S. Navy, John Dodd fought in three wars: World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam, and rose to the rank of chief petty officer, a rank rarely achieved by African Americans during that time.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: J.W. Northam

    Freedom Fighters: J.W. Northam

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 9:24 AM EDT2012-10-24 13:24:46 GMT
    J.W. Northam was inducted into the U.S. Army air corps in 1942, and after extensive training was sent to Molesworth air base in England.More >>
    J.W. Northam was inducted into the U.S. Army air corps in 1942, and after extensive training was sent to Molesworth air base in England.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jack and Delbert Gray

    Freedom Fighters: Jack and Delbert Gray

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 9:16 AM EDT2012-10-24 13:16:44 GMT
    Charles Gray, the oldest of the three Gray brothers, was trained as a fighter pilot, while Jack the middle brother was an army infantryman, and Delbert was an air corps radio specialist. More >>
    Charles Gray, the oldest of the three Gray brothers, was trained as a fighter pilot, while Jack the middle brother was an army infantryman, and Delbert was an air corps radio specialist. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Anderson

    Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Anderson

    Wednesday, October 24 2012 9:04 AM EDT2012-10-24 13:04:31 GMT
    Ken Anderson joined the army in March of 1969 and in little more than a year was sent to Vietnam as an infantry medic.More >>
    Ken Anderson joined the army in March of 1969 and in little more than a year was sent to Vietnam as an infantry medic.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dean Woodard

    Freedom Fighters: Dean Woodard

    Tuesday, October 23 2012 10:23 AM EDT2012-10-23 14:23:24 GMT
    In addition to the ribbons for service throughout the world, Dean Woodward's uniform holds a presidential unit citation earned as a marine and a bronze star awarded as an army officer.More >>
    In addition to the ribbons for service throughout the world, Dean Woodward's uniform holds a presidential unit citation earned as a marine and a bronze star awarded as an army officer.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: J.T. Allen

    Freedom Fighters: J.T. Allen

    Tuesday, October 23 2012 10:16 AM EDT2012-10-23 14:16:46 GMT
    J.T. Allen admits the biggest body of water he had seen before joining up in 1942 was Lake Texhoma, but he says he was determined to be in the navy.More >>
    J.T. Allen admits the biggest body of water he had seen before joining up in 1942 was Lake Texhoma, but he says he was determined to be in the navy.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jesse Lindsey

    Freedom Fighters: Jesse Lindsey

    Tuesday, October 23 2012 10:16 AM EDT2012-10-23 14:16:17 GMT
    27 air medals means that Jerry Lindsey was in the air a lot during his two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 189th assault helicopter company.More >>
    27 air medals means that Jerry Lindsey was in the air a lot during his two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 189th assault helicopter company.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Maurice David Shimic

    Freedom Fighters: Maurice David Shimic

    Tuesday, October 23 2012 10:15 AM EDT2012-10-23 14:15:55 GMT
    Farm boy David Shimic joined the army immediately after Pearl Harbor and passed the required tests to become a pilot in the army air corps.More >>
    Farm boy David Shimic joined the army immediately after Pearl Harbor and passed the required tests to become a pilot in the army air corps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Tyree Gui Wells

    Freedom Fighters: Tyree Gui Wells

    Tuesday, October 23 2012 9:13 AM EDT2012-10-23 13:13:53 GMT
    Tyree Wells joined the U.S. Army in 1948 at the age of 17. One of 16 children, Wells was looking for a better life out of poverty.More >>
    Tyree Wells joined the U.S. Army in 1948 at the age of 17. One of 16 children, Wells was looking for a better life out of poverty.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Grace Miller

    Freedom Fighters: Grace Miller

    Monday, October 22 2012 10:24 AM EDT2012-10-22 14:24:39 GMT
    By Joan HallmarkGrace Jones Miller had wanted to be a nurse as far back as she could remember. Grace finished nursing school in 1940 and within two years time and the onset of World War Two, the youngMore >>
    By Joan HallmarkGrace Jones Miller had wanted to be a nurse as far back as she could remember. Grace finished nursing school in 1940 and within two years time and the onset of World War Two, the youngMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Ralph Graham

    Freedom Fighters: Ralph Graham

    Monday, October 22 2012 10:08 AM EDT2012-10-22 14:08:20 GMT
    Ralph Graham had just finished hiighschool when he joined the army in 1940.More >>
    Ralph Graham had just finished hiighschool when he joined the army in 1940.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dale Hyatt

    Freedom Fighters: Dale Hyatt

    Monday, October 22 2012 9:39 AM EDT2012-10-22 13:39:39 GMT
    The name given to Dale Hyatt's b-17 bomber by its ground crew was "Tu Yung Tu."More >>
    By Joan HallmarkThe name given to Dale Hyatt's b-17 bomber by its ground crew was "Tu Yung Tu."The crew of Hyatt's "Tu Yung Tu" flying fortress was indeed very young. Most were only 18 with a pilot justMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: D-Day special

    Freedom Fighters: D-Day special

    Monday, October 22 2012 9:20 AM EDT2012-10-22 13:20:27 GMT
    D-Day, the Normandy invasion, was not only the biggest amphibious landing in world history, it was also the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler's Nazi regime in World War Two.More >>
    D-Day, the Normandy invasion, was not only the biggest amphibious landing in world history, it was also the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler's Nazi regime in World War Two.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: John Wilson

    Freedom Fighters: John Wilson

    Friday, October 19 2012 10:09 AM EDT2012-10-19 14:09:18 GMT
    John Wilson arrived at Guadalcanal soon after marines landed there in 1942. He was to see a number of south sea islands before returning home in 1945.More >>
    John Wilson arrived at Guadalcanal soon after marines landed there in 1942. He was to see a number of south sea islands before returning home in 1945.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Desi Garrigan

    Freedom Fighters: Desi Garrigan

    Friday, October 19 2012 9:44 AM EDT2012-10-19 13:44:11 GMT
    Desi Garrigan had wanted to be in the navy ever since he saw his first ship as a boy.More >>
    Desi Garrigan had wanted to be in the navy ever since he saw his first ship as a boy.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Peppy Blount

    Freedom Fighters: Peppy Blount

    Saturday, May 14 2011 12:10 AM EDT2011-05-14 04:10:21 GMT
    In Gilmer, Longview's Peppy Blount will be honored with the commemoration of American Legion Post 320, which will bear his name.More >>
    In Gilmer, Longview's Peppy Blount will be honored with the commemoration of American Legion Post 320, which will bear his name.More >>
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  • Freedom Fighters: Victor Dake

    Freedom Fighters: Victor Dake

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:24 GMT
    Victor Dake of Mineola served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, one month, and 29 days during three hot wars and one cold one. Dake joined what was then named the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was sentMore >>
    Victor Dake of Mineola served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, one month, and 29 days during three hot wars and one cold one. Dake joined what was then named the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was sentMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Roy Arkelin

    Freedom Fighters: Roy Arkelin

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:24 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark Roy Arkelin joined the army in 1942, and by the end of the year, he was fighting in North Africa. After recovering from a hip wound, he was sent to Sicily, where the fighting was ferocious.More >>
    By Joan Hallmark Roy Arkelin joined the army in 1942, and by the end of the year, he was fighting in North Africa. After recovering from a hip wound, he was sent to Sicily, where the fighting was ferocious.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Floyd Anderson

    Freedom Fighters: Floyd Anderson

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:23 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark Floyd Anderson has worked on the land that's Tyler Rose Nursery for over half a century. He's their most trusted employee. But from 1942 to 1946, Anderson left agriculture to serveMore >>
    Joan Hallmark profiles another member of The Greatest Generation.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Glen Kernohan

    Freedom Fighters: Glen Kernohan

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:23 GMT
    Glen Kernohan was a senior in high school when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. The Nazi's launched their biggest counter attack at Bulge, Belgium December 16,1944. For weeks, Kernohan wasMore >>
    Glen Kernohan was a senior in high school when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. The Nazi's launched their biggest counter attack at Bulge, Belgium December 16,1944. For weeks, Kernohan wasMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: James Callanan

    Freedom Fighters: James Callanan

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:22 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark James Callanan was a "Submariner" during World War Two, serving in one of the most celebrated submarines of the war. Before the U.S.S. Batfish was de-commissioned in 1945, it was creditedMore >>
    By Joan Hallmark James Callanan was a "Submariner" during World War Two, serving in one of the most celebrated submarines of the war. Before the U.S.S. Batfish was de-commissioned in 1945, it was creditedMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Calhoun

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Calhoun

    Monday, July 18 2016 11:01 PM EDT2016-07-19 03:01:22 GMT
    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - For over twenty years, Bill Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy, traveling throughout the world in defense of our country. Calhoun joined the Navy at the age of eighteen, soon afterMore >>
    Bill Calhoun joined the U.S. Navy, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Liston Barber

    Freedom Fighters: Liston Barber

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:07:03 GMT
    Friday, August 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:00:23 GMT
    Liston Barber was on his way to the invasion of Japan when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.More >>
    Liston Barber was on his way to the invasion of Japan when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Konstanty Dziema

    Freedom Fighters: Konstanty Dziema

    Friday, July 18 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-19 00:22:36 GMT
    Friday, July 18 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-19 00:22:36 GMT
    Konstanty Dziema was aboard the U.S.S. Boise in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor December 7,1941.More >>
    Konstanty Dziema was aboard the U.S.S. Boise in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor December 7,1941.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Charlie Jones

    Freedom Fighters: Charlie Jones

    Friday, July 4 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-05 03:27:12 GMT
    Friday, July 4 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-07-05 03:40:02 GMT
    As a Platoon Commander in Vietnam, Jones led his men into battle against a North Vietnamese Platoon. More >>
    As a Platoon Commander in Vietnam, Jones led his men into battle against a North Vietnamese Platoon. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Dean Mullican

    Freedom Fighters: Dean Mullican

    Friday, June 20 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-06-21 00:01:02 GMT
    Friday, June 20 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-06-21 03:00:22 GMT
    Even though Dean Mullican is only 69 years old, exposure to Agent Orange has aged this Vietnam War veteran way beyond his years.More >>
    Even though Dean Mullican is only 69 years old, exposure to Agent Orange has aged this Vietnam War veteran way beyond his years.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Charles Curtis Dukes

    Freedom Fighters: Charles Curtis Dukes

    Friday, June 13 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-06-13 23:48:53 GMT
    Friday, June 13 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-06-13 23:48:53 GMT
    Charles Curtis Dukes. (Source: Family records)Charles Curtis Dukes. (Source: Family records)
    Three years after joining the Marine Corps in 1962, Charles Curtis Dukes was sent to Vietnam, which he describes as "pretty much an on-going battle."More >>
    Three years after joining the Marine Corps in 1962, Charles Curtis Dukes was sent to Vietnam, which he describes as "pretty much an on-going battle."
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  • Freedom Fighters: Dick Lawrence

    Freedom Fighters: Dick Lawrence

    Monday, June 2 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-06-02 20:31:13 GMT
    Monday, June 2 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-06-02 20:31:13 GMT
    Dick LawrenceDick Lawrence
    Dick Lawrence was wounded twice in Korea and has never completely healed from that experience.More >>
    Dick Lawrence was wounded twice in Korea and has never completely healed from that experience.
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  • Freedom Fighters: Homer Garrett

    Freedom Fighters: Homer Garrett

    Friday, May 30 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-05-31 00:02:24 GMT
    Friday, May 30 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-05-31 00:02:25 GMT
    June 6 marks the seventieth anniversary of the Normandy Landings in World War Two, the largest amphibious invasion in world history.More >>
    June 6 marks the seventieth anniversary of the Normandy Landings in World War Two, the largest amphibious invasion in world history.
    More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Archie Thomas

    Freedom Fighters: Archie Thomas

    Friday, April 25 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-04-26 03:38:42 GMT
    Friday, April 25 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-04-26 03:38:42 GMT
    On April 8, 1944, Archie Thomas's bomber was shot down over Germany. More >>
    On April 8, 1944, Archie Thomas's bomber was shot down over Germany. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Felix Clack

    Freedom Fighters: Felix Clack

    Saturday, November 23 2013 12:36 AM EST2013-11-23 05:36:23 GMT
    Although Felix Clack never fought with a rifle in World War II, his work setting up communication centers throughout the South Pacific to code and decode messages, helped American forces coordinate theirMore >>
    Although Felix Clack never fought with a rifle in World War II, his work setting up communication centers throughout the South Pacific to code and decode messages, helped American forces coordinate theirMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: W.W. Hughes

    Freedom Fighters: W.W. Hughes

    Friday, November 15 2013 11:42 PM EST2013-11-16 04:42:24 GMT
    W.W. Hughes was in the only Mounted Calvary outfit, the 112th, sent to fight in World War Two. It was soon apparent on New Caledonia that horses were a bad idea in the jungles of the South Pacific Islands. HughesMore >>
    W.W. Hughes was in the only Mounted Calvary outfit, the 112th, sent to fight in World War Two. It was soon apparent on New Caledonia that horses were a bad idea in the jungles of the South Pacific Islands. HughesMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Gerald Hollis

    Freedom Fighters: Gerald Hollis

    Saturday, November 2 2013 12:35 AM EDT2013-11-02 04:35:44 GMT
    Gerald Hollis went into the Army in 1942 and in '45 was sent to New Guinea and then on to a series of small islands in the Philippines.  He says his job was mostly "fixing up and cleaning up."  "FixingMore >>
    Gerald Hollis went into the Army in 1942 and in '45 was sent to New Guinea and then on to a series of small islands in the Philippines.  He says his job was mostly "fixing up and cleaning up."  "FixingMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The U.S.S. Bollinger

    Freedom Fighters: The U.S.S. Bollinger

    Saturday, October 26 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-10-26 04:07:49 GMT
    Sixty-nine years ago, a group of eighteen year olds sailed aboard the U.S.S. Bollinger into harms way.   Now five of those survivors, at the age of 87, met at a reunion in Tyler to share their memories. JimmyMore >>
    Sixty-nine years ago, a group of eighteen year olds sailed aboard the U.S.S. Bollinger into harms way.   Now five of those survivors, at the age of 87, met at a reunion in Tyler to share their memories. JimmyMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Monday, May 13 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-13 13:44:00 GMT
    World War Two was the most widespread war in history, with over a hundred million people serving in military units.  Of the millions of Americans who served in the Second World War, only six percent areMore >>
    World War Two was the most widespread war in history, with over a hundred million people serving in military units. 
    More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Ben Fitzgerald

    Freedom Fighters: Ben Fitzgerald

    Friday, May 3 2013 11:51 PM EDT2013-05-04 03:51:18 GMT
    Ben Fitzgerald joined the Navy in 1943, right out of high school. His first assignment was as a "torpedo man" aboard the destroyer the "Chew" out of Honolulu.   Ironically, Fitzgerald's next assignmentMore >>
    Known for his real estate company, this WWII veteran has a history with submarines.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Halbert

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Halbert

    Saturday, April 13 2013 12:04 AM EDT2013-04-13 04:04:06 GMT
    Bill Halbert began his Air Force career at the age of 18. By the time he had retired 28 years later as a Lieutenant Colonel, he had piloted 42 combat missions in three wars. For the past 8 years, HalbertMore >>
    Bill Halbert began his Air Force career at the age of 18. By the time he had retired 28 years later as a Lieutenant Colonel, he had piloted 42 combat missions in three wars. For the past 8 years, HalbertMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Ed Birkbickler

    Freedom Fighters: Ed Birkbickler

    Friday, January 17 2014 10:52 PM EST2014-01-18 03:52:08 GMT
    Ed Birkbickler admits he didn't understand the reality of war when he joined the Marines at seventeen. But before long, he was to find out about hostility both abroad and at home. Watch this video to hearMore >>
    Ed Birkbickler admits he didn't understand the reality of war when he joined the Marines at seventeen.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Fred Tipton

    Freedom Fighters: Fred Tipton

    Friday, December 23 2011 11:40 PM EST2011-12-24 04:40:55 GMT
    For Fred Tipton, Christmas in Vietnam in 1967 was anything but pretty.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Elmer Hill

    Freedom Fighters: Elmer Hill

    Friday, December 27 2013 11:45 PM EST2013-12-28 04:45:51 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com At the age of 107, Elmer Hill is the second oldest U.S. Veteran of World War II. One of twelve brothers, Hill had worked his way through college and was well onMore >>
    At the age of 107, Elmer Hill is the second oldest U.S. Veteran of World War II.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Friday, July 27 2012 11:15 PM EDT2012-07-28 03:15:33 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Don Williams was a pilot in World War Two. He was selected for a special Naval flight group hunting down submarines In the Atlantic. After one twelve hour flight,More >>
    Don Williams was a pilot in World War Two. He was selected for a special Naval flight group hunting down submarines In the Atlantic.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Clint Surles

    Freedom Fighters: Clint Surles

    Friday, October 28 2011 10:35 PM EDT2011-10-29 02:35:32 GMT
    In World War Two, Clint Surles faced death from Anzio Beach to the foot of the Italian Alps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Ronnie Walker

    Freedom Fighters: Ronnie Walker

    Friday, October 28 2011 10:37 PM EDT2011-10-29 02:37:19 GMT
    When Ronnie Walker was put in charge of his company's fire base in Vietnam, he thought he was finally out of danger after months of combat.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George French

    Freedom Fighters: George French

    Friday, June 10 2011 10:26 PM EDT2011-06-11 02:26:36 GMT
    George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968, he volunteered for helicopter service.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters:Howard Nisbet

    Freedom Fighters:Howard Nisbet

    Friday, March 18 2011 11:44 PM EDT2011-03-19 03:44:52 GMT
    Howard Nisbet flew 28 missions as a B-24 Bomber Pilot in World War Two. Although Nisbet escaped injury, his plane was hit so many times, its crew named it "Patches".More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Gordon Kimbell

    Freedom Fighters: Gordon Kimbell

    Friday, October 19 2012 10:43 PM EDT2012-10-20 02:43:23 GMT
    Gordon Kimbell was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1943, not realizing he would spend the next few years of his life under water instead of on top of it.More >>
    Gordon Kimbell was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1943, not realizing he would spend the next few years of his life under water instead of on top of it.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Lt. Col. Tom Crawford:

    Freedom Fighters: Lt. Col. Tom Crawford:

    Wednesday, October 10 2012 11:19 AM EDT2012-10-10 15:19:06 GMT
    Thomas Crawford arrived in Okinowa just as World War Two ended, but in 1950 he was called back to active duty and sent to Korea.More >>
    Thomas Crawford arrived in Okinowa just as World War Two ended, but in 1950 he was called back to active duty and sent to Korea.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Harold Tanner

    Freedom Fighters: Harold Tanner

    Thursday, September 20 2012 10:02 AM EDT2012-09-20 14:02:08 GMT
    Harold Tanner narrowly escaped death three times when his helicopter was downed by enemy fire in Vietnam.More >>
    Harold Tanner narrowly escaped death three times when his helicopter was downed by enemy fire in Vietnam.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George Whisenhunt

    Freedom Fighters: George Whisenhunt

    Friday, October 12 2012 10:16 AM EDT2012-10-12 14:16:17 GMT
    George Whisenhunt's life might have been different of he hadn't spent two tours of duty in Korea.More >>
    George Whisenhunt's life might have been different of he hadn't spent two tours of duty in Korea.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jim Boyd

    Freedom Fighters: Jim Boyd

    Friday, January 9 2015 10:10 PM EST2015-01-10 03:10:33 GMT
    Jim Boyd in the 1940s. (Source: Jim Boyd)Jim Boyd in the 1940s. (Source: Jim Boyd)
    Jim Boyd went into the Army at the age of 18 in February of 1945.More >>
    Jim Boyd went into the Army at the age of 18 in February of 1945.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: John Jennings

    Freedom Fighters: John Jennings

    Friday, January 2 2015 11:23 PM EST2015-01-03 04:23:28 GMT
    John Jennings was a gunner on an LCI landing craft delivering troops to Omaha Beach in the Normandy Invasion. More >>
    John Jennings was a gunner on an LCI landing craft delivering troops to Omaha Beach in the Normandy Invasion. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Greg Demko

    Freedom Fighters: Greg Demko

    Friday, December 12 2014 11:33 PM EST2014-12-13 04:33:59 GMT
    Greg Demko joined the Air Force in 1965 and by 1966 was in Thailand as a Munitions Specialist in charge of loading, transporting, and unloading highly explosive munitions for troops in Vietnam. More >>
    Greg Demko joined the Air Force in 1965 and by 1966 was in Thailand as a Munitions Specialist in charge of loading, transporting, and unloading highly explosive munitions for troops in Vietnam. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Korean War Veterans

    Freedom Fighters: Korean War Veterans

    Friday, November 7 2014 8:06 PM EST2014-11-08 01:06:13 GMT
    The Korean War is often called "the Forgotten War", but veterans being honored at a "thank you" luncheon this week in Tyler are determined it won't be forgotten. More >>
    The Korean War is often called "the Forgotten War", but veterans being honored at a "thank you" luncheon this week in Tyler are determined it won't be forgotten. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jerry French

    Freedom Fighters: Jerry French

    Friday, October 31 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-11-01 00:15:55 GMT
    Jerry French joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 at the age of sixteen. More >>
    Jerry French joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 at the age of sixteen. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Juan Nichols

    Freedom Fighters: Juan Nichols

    Friday, October 24 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-10-25 00:38:25 GMT
    Juan Nichols joined the Navy in January of 1951. By September of that year, he was on his way to North Korea aboard the U.S.S. Doyle, a World War Two Destroyer converted into a mine sweeper.More >>
    Juan Nichols joined the Navy in January of 1951. By September of that year, he was on his way to North Korea aboard the U.S.S. Doyle, a World War Two Destroyer converted into a mine sweeper.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Marvin Taylor

    Freedom Fighters: Marvin Taylor

    Friday, October 17 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-10-17 23:55:12 GMT
    Marvin TaylorMarvin Taylor
    Marvin Taylor joined the Navy in 1982.More >>
    Marvin Taylor joined the Navy in 1982.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Eddie Corbitt

    Freedom Fighters: Eddie Corbitt

    Friday, October 10 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-10-11 01:24:44 GMT
    Corbitt was sent to an air base closest to the front line and as a top mechanic, his job was to keep the P-51 fighter planes in the air.More >>
    Corbitt was sent to an air base closest to the front line and as a top mechanic, his job was to keep the P-51 fighter planes in the air.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Luther Corothers

    Freedom Fighters: Luther Corothers

    Wednesday, November 14 2012 1:53 PM EST2012-11-14 18:53:08 GMT
    By Joan HallmarkLuther Corothers of Palestine served in the 82nd Air Born during World War Two.  He made 11 combat parachute jumps from North Africa into Holland, Belgium and Germany.  Wounded twice, CorothersMore >>
    Luther Corothers of Palestine served in the 82nd Air Born during World War Two. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Geneva Fields Ford

    Freedom Fighters: Geneva Fields Ford

    Friday, October 26 2012 11:44 PM EDT2012-10-27 03:44:34 GMT
    Troup, TX (KLTV) - Out of ten children in the Fields family of Troup, eight served our country in World War Two. Geneva Fields Ford and her sister Nell were sworn into the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps(laterMore >>
    East Texan was one of the first American women to join the army.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Wilbur Dixon - Tuskegee Display

    Freedom Fighters: Wilbur Dixon - Tuskegee Display

    Friday, October 19 2012 9:34 AM EDT2012-10-19 13:34:03 GMT
    The exhibition now on display at the historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler is named "The Test" because that's exactly what this page in our nation's history was.
    More >>
    The exhibition now on display at the historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler is named "The Test" because that's exactly what this page in our nation's history was. It was a test of African Americans and their ability to pilot planes in combat.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bob Bassett

    Freedom Fighters: Bob Bassett

    Friday, October 19 2012 9:19 AM EDT2012-10-19 13:19:46 GMT
    Bob Bassett was a young navy seabee in 1943 when he volunteered for a highly secretive underwater demolition team.More >>
    Bob Bassett was a young navy seabee in 1943 when he volunteered for a highly secretive underwater demolition team.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Texas State Veteran's Home

    Freedom Fighters: Texas State Veteran's Home

    Wednesday, October 17 2012 9:13 AM EDT2012-10-17 13:13:21 GMT
    This is a home for heroes, in spite of the fact that the veterans at the Texas State Veterans home will deny they're heroes.More >>
    This is a home for heroes, in spite of the fact that the veterans at the Texas State Veterans home will deny they're heroes.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jack Shadle

    Freedom Fighters: Jack Shadle

    Wednesday, October 17 2012 8:59 AM EDT2012-10-17 12:59:47 GMT
    Jack Shadle flew his first combat mission in World War Two at the age of nineteen.More >>
    Jack Shadle flew his first combat mission in World War Two at the age of nineteen.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jeff Morris

    Freedom Fighters: Jeff Morris

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:58 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:58:04 GMT
    Jeff Morris was the company commander of company B, first battalion, eighth calvary regiment, second brigade combat team, 1st calvary division...to be known forever as "legion eight".More >>
    Jeff Morris was the company commander of company B, first battalion, eighth calvary regiment, second brigade combat team, 1st calvary division...to be known forever as "legion eight".More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:56 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:56:25 GMT
    Sixty two years after World War Two ended, Don Williams, a resident of Buckner Westmiinister in Longview, received his military service medals.More >>
    Sixty two years after World War Two ended, Don Williams, a resident of Buckner Westmiinister in Longview, received his military service medals.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Thomas E. Crawford

    Freedom Fighters: Thomas E. Crawford

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:30 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:30:43 GMT
    Thomas E. Crawford was part in the engineer combat battalion at the end of Word War Two.More >>
    Thomas E. Crawford was part in the engineer combat battalion at the end of Word War Two.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Arthur Owens

    Freedom Fighters: Arthur Owens

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:17 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:17:12 GMT
    It was seventy years ago that Arthur Owens joined the army air corps.More >>
    It was seventy years ago that Arthur Owens joined the army air corps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Mac McDowell

    Freedom Fighters: Mac McDowell

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:09 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:09:40 GMT
    Mac Mcdowell arrived in Vietnam in 1968 following the tet offensive. He was to spend 13 months there as gunner and crew chief on a uh 34d helicopter.More >>
    Mac Mcdowell arrived in Vietnam in 1968 following the tet offensive. He was to spend 13 months there as gunner and crew chief on a uh 34d helicopter.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters, Don Alfred

    Freedom Fighters, Don Alfred

    Friday, October 12 2012 12:14 PM EDT2012-10-12 16:14:58 GMT
    Don Alfred joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 at the age of 17. He flew 27 combat missions in World War Two, 25 of them before his 20th birthday.More >>
    Don Alfred joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 at the age of 17. He flew 27 combat missions in World War Two, 25 of them before his 20th birthday.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Friday, October 12 2012 10:28 AM EDT2012-10-12 14:28:20 GMT
    Earl Downey was eighteen when he joined the army air corps in 1942. Before he reached the age of twenty, he was piloting a b-24 liberator on bombing missions over Austria and Germany.More >>
    Earl Downey was eighteen when he joined the army air corps in 1942. Before he reached the age of twenty, he was piloting a b-24 liberator on bombing missions over Austria and Germany.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Norman Davis

    Freedom Fighters: Norman Davis

    Friday, October 12 2012 10:19 AM EDT2012-10-12 14:19:05 GMT
    When Norman Davis joined the army in 1959, he didn't think about winning such medals as the bronze star.More >>
    When Norman Davis joined the army in 1959, he didn't think about winning such medals as the bronze star.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Robertson

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Robertson

    Friday, October 5 2012 9:55 AM EDT2012-10-05 13:55:16 GMT
    Five major battles, freed prisoners, and a "pocket pup" are only a few of Bill Robertson's experiences In World War Two.More >>
    Five major battles, freed prisoners, and a "pocket pup" are only a few of Bill Robertson's experiences In World War Two.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Veterans Memorial in Canton

    Freedom Fighters: Veterans Memorial in Canton

    Friday, September 28 2012 10:57 AM EDT2012-09-28 14:57:42 GMT
    The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in Canton honors Military men and women who serve our country.More >>
    The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in Canton honors Military men and women who serve our country.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The Gray brothers

    Freedom Fighters: The Gray brothers

    Friday, March 9 2012 11:51 PM EST2012-03-10 04:51:50 GMT
    The three Gray brothers of Henderson, Charles, Jack, and Delbert, all served in World War II and survived to tell their stories.More >>
    The three Gray brothers of Henderson, Charles, Jack, and Delbert, all served in World War II and survived to tell their stories.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Gignilliat

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Gignilliat

    Tuesday, February 21 2012 2:54 PM EST2012-02-21 19:54:32 GMT
    The Battle of the Bulge began early in the morning of December 16,1944.  It would be the largest land battle in American history. 
    More >>
    The Battle of the Bulge began early in the morning of December 16,1944.  It would be the largest land battle in American history. On that morning Bill Gignilliat was on guard duty in the little Belgium town of Buchholz StationMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Joe Crenshaw

    Freedom Fighters: Joe Crenshaw

    Friday, December 30 2011 11:44 PM EST2011-12-31 04:44:03 GMT
    Joe CrenshawJoe Crenshaw
    At the age of 17, Joe Crenshaw joined the Army to see the world.  Instead he saw a war in KoreaMore >>
    At the age of 17, Joe Crenshaw joined the Army to see the world.  Instead he saw a war in KoreaMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Joe Guidry

    Freedom Fighters: Joe Guidry

    Friday, December 16 2011 7:36 PM EST2011-12-17 00:36:23 GMT
    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and three Battle Stars, only begin to tell the story of what World War Two was like for Joe Guidry.More >>
    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and three Battle Stars, only begin to tell the story of what World War Two was like for Joe Guidry.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George French

    Freedom Fighters: George French

    Friday, June 10 2011 11:53 PM EDT2011-06-11 03:53:19 GMT
    George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968 he volunteered for helicopter service.More >>
    George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968 he volunteered for helicopter service.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bud Williams

    Freedom Fighters: Bud Williams

    Saturday, June 4 2011 12:08 AM EDT2011-06-04 04:08:07 GMT
    Bud Williams was one of five brothers to fight in World War Two. Brothers Tobe, Tolley and Don all made it home safely.More >>
    Bud Williams was one of five brothers to fight in World War Two. Brothers Tobe, Tolley and Don all made it home safely.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Doyle Simmons

    Freedom Fighters: Doyle Simmons

    Friday, May 20 2011 11:00 PM EDT2011-05-21 03:00:46 GMT
    Doyle Simmons was in some of the biggest invasions in World War II, but he fought the war with needles instead of guns.More >>
    Doyle Simmons was in some of the biggest invasions in World War II, but he fought the war with needles instead of guns.More >>

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