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Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Farmersville Times
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Along with a chance to min-
gle and visit with old friends,
memorabilia from various wars
and conflicts will be on display
during the veterans reception
and registration.
Items from area veterans and
Audie Murphy mementos will
be featured.
Autographed movie posters,
books and other Audie Murphy
memorabilia which was donated
courtesy of Larry and Margaret
Jordan of Lubbock will be fea-
tured in the First Baptist Church
along with a multitude of other
items brought to the event by lo-
cal veterans.
Due to the new early morning
schedule of Audie Murphy Day,
the Historical Society will not
have the Bain-Honaker house
open for tours.
“This is an opportunity for
the exhibitors to display their
collections of memorabilia
from their years of service and
to educate younger genera-
tions. It is also a time for the
AMD Committee to display all
of the items that were donated
to the City by Mr. Jordan of
Lubbock,” Audie Murphy Day
Committee Co-Chairman Joe
Helmberger said.
The Jordans donated their
large collection of memorabilia
in 2011 to the city of Farmers-
ville to be incorporated into the
library display eventually.
The Rike Memorial Library
will also be open from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. to allow people to view
the Audie Murphy exhibit in-
cluding many newspaper clip-
pings and movie posters.
The FUBAR military muse-
um out of Royse City will also
be bringing several items to put
on display in the exhibit room
including uniforms and histori-
cal artifacts.
Museum representatives are
also bringing along a Jeep for
veterans to ride in during the
parade, according to organizer
Gene Allen.
The library is located at 203
Orange St.
Memorabilia on display at FBC, library
Larry and Margaret Jordan donated
a large collection of Audie Murphy
memorabilia to be included
in the city museum when it is
eventually completed.
File photo
Area veterans deceased since last year’s event
Air Force
Worth M. Speed
(Army Air Corps and Air
Force)Served in World War II,
Korea and Vietnam
Fred Wayne Stinnett
Army Air Corps
J.T. Caldwell
Sherman Lowell Nevil
served in World War II
Richard Beville
Stanley Wade Keown
Frank Martin Andor
Jimmie L.“Wayne” Bailey
served during World War II
Richard D. Baker
served during World War II
Benny Ray Chisholm
served during Vietnam
Bill Combest
Billy H. Combest
served during Korea
Howard F. Dietel
served during World War II
James A. Jordan
John Baird Thompson
Darrel Richard Allen
served during Vietnam
Jimmie Dale Biddle
served during Vietnam
Billie Box
M. J. Box
served during World War II
Otis Clifford David
served during World War II
James Durham
served during World War II
Oscar P. Hartline
served during World War II
Ernest Nelson
Henderson Jr.
served during World War II
Billy Ray Hill
served during World War II
George Cleon Huggins
served during World War II
Larry Jackson
Army reserves
Benny Don Rogers
served during Korea
(MIA recently interred)
Kenneth Lee Stapp
The Tri-County Honor Guard will present the colors dur-
ing the parade and at the veterans’ reception at the Onion
Shed at 10:45 a.m. June 23.
The honor guard was formed July 4, 2008, when the group
marched in the Royse City’s 4th of July parade.
The guard formally became a 501c-19 tax exempt veter-
ans’ organization in October 2008.
According to organizer Gene Allen, the honor guard
formed to perform military funerals, march in parades and
share in educational programs at schools.
Since its formation, the Tri-County Honor Guard has per-
formed 180 military funerals and been in more than 20 pa-
According to the group’s charter, the Tri-County Honor
Guard will maintain a membership ratio
of at least 90 percent veterans.
The honor guard has members from
several counties and cities including
Collin, Rockwall and Fannin.
During the Audie Murphy Day cel-
ebration, the organization will perform a
number of duties. To begin, they will
lead the AMD parade by presenting
the colors.
During the ceremony at the On-
ion Shed they will present the
colors, perform a 21-gun volley
and play “Taps.”
The Audie Murphy Day
parade will begin 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 23.
Honor guard
to lead parade
File photo
Members of the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard
present the colors under the Onion Shed at last
year’s Audie Murphy Day festivities.
Richard Lee Harrington