Another reminder Veteran’s Day is Thursday, November 11 and we here at the Comanche County Historical Museum never want to miss an opportunity to thank a man or woman that served in the armed forces and are currently serving our country!

Come celebrate with the museum next Thursday, Nov. 11 and Sat., Nov. 13 for a Veterans Day Observance. The museum will open Wednesday- Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Refreshments served on Saturday!

They are the reason we have the freedoms we are blessed with. Please take the opportunity to thank a veteran any chance you get.

Last week I wrote about Pearl Harbor. Here is the rest of that story!

“Though we didn’t have a son or brother in the service when Pearl Harbor occurred, we had dear friends and neighbors who were called up or volunteered to serve. Our close neighbors, the John Adcock family, saw their son, Weldon Adcock, join the marines. Weldon was among the first troops landing on the island of Iwo Jima. Our very good friends, the Nichols family in West Texas, who my parents met probably in 1926 or 1927, had sons and sons-in-laws to join the service. Their oldest son, Leo Nichols would write to us from “Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.” Their youngest son, Jimmy also served in the U.S. Army in Europe.

During the war years, mail would be censored from service men and women writing back home. The government wanted no mention of where they were at, or what they were doing. This information would have helped the enemy. Jimmy wrote back to his Daddy that he had seen some beautiful Belgian horses. Now, the censor must have thought that this was a kind of horse, and he let this pass, but in fact, Jimmy was telling his family that he was in Belgium.

Leo was pretty much of a rounder. The Nichols family lived out in the country, and one night, after dark, there was a knock at their door and Mr. Nichols opened the door and stepped out on the porch. There was a soldier standing there and asked if he could spend the night. Mr. Nichols, being a great man that he was, said “Come on in, son. I’ve got boys in the army and 1 hope someone will offer them a bed if they need one”. When Leo came in, his Daddy was so surprised. He thought that Leo had gone AWOL, and Leo had to show him his pass, to prove that he was home and not AWOL.

When I was going to school at Gustine, our bus driver during this time was Jim Striplin. He was a fine man, and his son, Gyle was a 2nd Lieutenant in the army air corps. He was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber and was one of nine airmen who were killed when the bomber exploded and crashed, fifteen miles west of the airfield, near Alamogordo, New Mexico on March 5, 1943. He is buried at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.”

Come see the uniforms and memorabilia we have on display at the museum. It is a great way to teach our children about the hardships and sacrifices made by our veterans.

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