Texas Cemeteries: The Resting Places of Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Interesting Texans (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series)

By Bill Harvey

Winner, Journalistic success Award, Texas ancient beginning, 2004

From the easiest slab of weathered stone to the main enforcing mausoleum, each marker in a Texas cemetery bears witness to a existence that—in methods small or large—helped form the heritage and tradition of the nation. Telling the tales of a few of those major lives is the aim of this publication. inside of its pages, you will meet not just the heroes of the Texas Revolution, for instance, but in addition one of many nice African American cowboys of the traildriving period (Bose Ikard) and the 1st girl in Texas elected to statewide place of work (Annie Webb Blanton). vacationing cemeteries from each period and all areas of the nation, invoice Harvey recounts the histories of recognized, notorious, and simply simple fascinating Texans who lie at leisure in Texas cemeteries.

The ebook is prepared alphabetically by way of urban for simple reference. for every urban, Harvey lists a number of cemeteries, giving their situation and background, if major. on the middle of the booklet are his profiles of the noteworthy humans buried in every one cemetery. They comprise not just recognized but in addition lesser-known or even unknown Texans who made very important contributions to the nation within the arts, activities, enterprise, army provider, politics—truly each quarter of communal lifestyles. if you are looking to stopover at those resting areas, Harvey additionally comprises tips about discovering cemeteries, finding gravesites, and taking strong images. Spend time with him within the graveyards of Texas, and you can quickly delight in what attention-grabbing tales the silent stones can tell.

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Photograph courtesy of David Lotz, copyright © 2001. a hundred forty five *harvey pages ultimate 9/24/04 3:22 PM web page 146 harlingen 1943 those 13 teammates took their oath jointly, and on February 18, Harlon Block entered the U. S. Marine Corps. First informed as a Marine paratrooper, Harlon Block observed his first wrestle at the island of Bougainville, arriving December 21, 1943, because the conflict drew to a detailed. Already at the island have been different Marines, Mike Strank and Ira Hayes, whose destinies have been inextricably intertwined with that of this younger Marine from Texas. After Bougainville, Block’s parachute department was once disbanded, and he used to be assigned to corporation E, moment Battalion, Twenty-eight Marines, 5th Marine department. On February 19, 1945, corporation E hit the shores on volcanic atoll whose translated identify is Sulfur Island. To the twenty-two thousand eastern infantrymen entrenched there, it was once often called Iwo Jima. by means of midmorning on February 23, Marine riflemen had reached the summit of Mount Suribachi, the volcanic cone that towers above the island. After a small American flag have been raised at the summit, 5 Marines and a military health center corpsman have been ordered to elevate a moment, higher flag in preference to the 1st one. Harlon Block grabbed the bottom of the makeshift flagpole and strained to jam it into the rocks as his 5 countrymen, together with Mike Strank and Ira Hayes, raised it to its complete peak. In that speedy, linked Press reporter Al Rosenthal snapped what's might be the main robust photograph ever taken in wartime. Corporal Harlon Block by no means observed the photo. He was once killed in motion on might 1, 1945. The picture was once an rapid sensation again domestic within the States. every person desired to recognize the identities of the Marines within the photograph, yet Harlon Block’s again used to be to the digital camera, and he used to be misidentified as one other Marine who had additionally misplaced his existence at the island. for 2 years, the Marine keeping the bottom of the pole used to be regarded as Henry Hansen. yet in may possibly 1946 a small, quiet guy seemed on the domestic of Ed Block, Harlon’s father. Having hitchhiked 1,300 miles in 3 days, Ira Hayes—who had fought on Iwo Jima and survived the battle—walked out into the cotton box the place Mr. Block was once operating. There the local Pima Indian advised him that the picture within the photograph used to be really that of his son, Harlon. After just a couple of mins of dialog, Hayes became away and hitchhiked 1,300 miles again domestic to Arizona, his final provider to his fellow Marine accomplished. After an inquiry, Harlon Block was once accurately pointed out because the younger Marine within the photograph and took his venerated position in background. After interment within the fifth Marine department Cemetery on Iwo Jima, 146 *harvey pages ultimate 9/24/04 3:22 PM web page 147 hempstead Harlon’s is still have been introduced domestic to Weslaco and later have been relocated to the Marine army Academy in Harlingen. Ira Hayes and Mike Strank now leisure in Arlington nationwide Cemetery. Hempstead Hempstead urban Cemetery on the terminus of Groce St. N 30 05. 098, W 096 04. 038 Lillie Elizabeth McGee Drennan Lillie Drennan (1897–1974) used to be the 1st approved woman truck driving force and trucking-firm proprietor in Texas and, most likely, within the usa.

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