Johnnie C. Oswald - U.S. Navy Reserve - DOB 8-11-1922
Born and raised in Bosque County, Texas. Parents, Walter and Luella Oswald. Attended Clifton Public Schools and graduated from the 11th grade in 1940. Attended Clifton Jr. College on a football scholarship, graduating with a liberal arts degree. Transferred to North Texas State University and enlisted in the V-7 Navy Officers Candidate program. From the V-7 he transferred to the V-5 Naval Aviation Cadet program and received training at the University of Texas. Received additional flight training at Baylor University and then to the University of Georgia. From Georgia he was sent to Naval Flight training in Memphis, Tennessee and advanced instruction in Rensselaer Polly Tech Institute in Troy, New York. Medical Discharge, July 1, 1945.
Married the former Louise Hampe of Clifton County, Texas, 8-4-1946 and moved to San Saba, 10-2-1952. To their union were born three children, Deborah, Bonnie Sue and Johnny Seth.
Johnnie graduated from Texas A&M in 1949, with a degree in Animal Science. He began a career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Lampasas, transferred to Mason and relocated to San Saba in October 1952. He was active with the Hill Country Community Action Board, San Saba Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and San Saba Young Farmers. In 1964, he was selected as San Saba County's Man of the Year. He also served on Texas Secretary of Agriculture Hightower's Advisory Board for several years. Johnnie retired December 1, 1987, with over 38 years of service and received the USDA Distinguished Service Award.
Richard W. Lines - U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force - DOB 6-1-1927
Born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised by his adopted parents Clyde and Maud Lines. Graduated from high school in Graham Mo. in 1944, and served in the U.S. Navy for 11 months and 3 days, discharged and enlisted in the U.S. Army, September 5, 1946, served until discharged, August 1949 and re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his career he served overseas in Japan (1949), Korea (1952) and Morocco (1955). He attended MGT Course (1965), Leadership & Management Course (1962), NCO Prep school (1959) and 1st SGT School (1952). Richard was honorably discharged/retired with 20 years, 1 month and 21 days total service time. Medals and Ribbons: WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal-Japan, Air Force Longevity Award, National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal.
After retirement Mr. Lines lived in Arkansas, North Carolina and San Antonio, TX. He married the former Edith Stephenson, September 2002 and settled in Richland Springs, TX, January 2003.
William G. Price - U.S. Army DOB 5-16-1928
Born and raised in Hubbard, Ohio by parents Arthur and Lena Price. Attended and graduated from Hubbard High School in 1946. Enlisted in the U.S. Army, October 3, 1946 and after training was with the occupation forces in Japan attached to the 72nd ORD Depot. Served in Japan until 10 January 1948 and was discharged 26 January 1948. Medals and Ribbons: WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal - Japan
After service, he attended Youngstown College in OH and graduated with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 1952. Moved to Texas in 1952 and married the former Joretta Hensley of Wink, Texas, October 21, 1955. Joretta brought one child to the marriage and to their union was born one child. William worked as a licensed petroleum engineer until he retired from Arco Oil & Gas Co. in 1985. After 30 years of service in his field, he became a member of the Petroleum Pioneers of the Permian Basin, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Legion of Honor for 50 years of service. William is also a member of VFW post No. 3767 of Hubbard, OH and a member of the Lampasas Baptist Church. In 1990, the couple moved to San Saba County settling near the Bend area.
Benton W. Miller, Sr. - U.S. Army - DOB 6-10-1925
Born in San Saba County and raised in Sutton County, and Texas by parents John W. and Luceal Miller. Attended and graduated from Sonora High School in 1941. Drafted into the U.S. Army, October 17, 1944 and attended basic and infrantry school training for 15 weeks at Camp Walters, Wichita Falls, Texas. Served in Co. "L", 1st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the official surrender of the Japanese Empire, Miller was transferred to Korea in October 1945 to effect the surrender of the enemy troops there. Served until discharged November 1946. Medals and Ribbons: WWII victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal-Japan, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/one bronze star, Philippines Liberation Ribbon w/one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal.
After WWII, Miller worked for a time in the oil fields before becoming a pipe-fitter. He married the former Marylyn Farquar of Los Angeles, CA. April 11, 1964, and to their union was born one son. As a union pipe fitter he worked in and out of the United States before retiring in 1991. The couple moved to San Saba county in 1979, where Benton is now a pecan and stock farmer. Both are active members of the 1st Baptist Church of San Saba.
Benton is a member of the Masonic fraternity belonging to Richland Springs Lodge No. 882 and San Saba Lodge No. 612 and is Past Master of both lodges. He is also active in the Scottish Rite and a past president of the San Saba Scottish Rite club.
George M. Rogers - U.S. Army - DOB 3-8-1924
Born and raised in San Saba County by parents Joe. E. and Nannie Garrett. Rogers attended and graduated from Richland Spring High School in 1941. Drafted into the U.S. Army April 20, 1943 and received basic and advanced training as an air transportation technician in Mineral Wells, Wichita Falls, Tempe, AZ, Santa Anna, CA and Lin, NM. Served overseas in Australia, New Guinea, Philippines and Japan. Discharged as a Corporal on April 10, 1946. Medals and Ribbons: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Theater Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon w/one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal.
After service, George farmed and ranched for a while in San Saba County before attending Texas A&M University for one year. He married the former Hattie Herrington of Richland Springs, TX, January 20, 1950. To their union were born 2 children. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service for over 28 years before retiring in 1985. The couple moved back to San Saba County in 1986 where they are active members in the 1st Baptist Church of San Saba. George is also a member of Richland Springs Masonic Lodge No. 882.
Billie B. White - U.S. Army - DOB 9-30-1923
Born and raised in San Saba County by parents, Willy Lindsey and Victoria White. Attended and graduated from San Saba High School in 1941. After high school he attended Tarleton College in Stephenville until enlisted in the U.S. Army, December 3, 1942. Entered active service June 4, 1943 and received training at Ft. McClellan and Ft. Rucker, AL. Completed finance school and served as a finance clerk until discharged February 27, 1946 at Camp Fannin, Tyler, TX. Medals and Ribbons: American Theater Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Marksman - Rifle.
After discharged from service, Billie returned to college and attended Texas A&M University completing his degree work of Agriculture-Economics in 1946. He married the former Betty Lumbley of Dallas County, TX, June 14, 1949. To their union were born three children, Mary Elizabeth, Katherine and William Clyde "Spike". Billie worked in the banking business in Houston for a time before taking a position with the Houston Post in the circulation department. He later worked at the same position for the Wall Street Journal before retiring in 1985 after spending over 40 years in the newspaper business. He and his wife moved to Cherokee in 1992. Bill was active in the San Saba Lions Club and a past president before it demised. He and his wife are active members of the 1st Baptist Church of Cherokee.
Ted Brown, Jr. - U.S. Army - DOB 9-19-1920
Born and raised in San Saba County by parents Ted and Lela Brown, Sr. Attended and graduated from San Saba High School in 1939. After high school he began to learn the electrical trade until drafted into the U.S. Army, October 27, 1942. Entered active service, November 10, 1942 and received training at Ft. Hulen, TX. From Texas he went to California, then New Jersey, where he sailed on the Queen Mary for Great Britain. Served in France and was a squad leader with the engineers and later saw duty in Germany as the war ended. Medals and Ribbons: American Theater Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Marksman - Rifle.
After discharged from the service, Ted returned to San Saba County, where he continued to pursue work in the electrical trade. He married the former Annabel Long of San Saba January 10, 1948. Annabel brought one son to the marriage, Alan Dale and to their union was born one child, Barbara. He owned and operated Ted's Electrical Service for many years. That business eventually grew into Annabelle's Early American Furniture Store, which was operated by him and his wife until they retired. The family also ranched for several years in the Rough Creek Community. Ted belonged to the San Saba Lions Club, Rotary Club and the volunteer fire department. He and his wife belonged to and were active members of the Presbyterian Church of San Saba.
James B. Harkey - U.S. Navy - DOB 9-16-1920
Born and raised in San Saba County by parents Otis and Mable Harkey. Attended and graduated from San Saba High School in 1939. After high school he attended pharmacy school from 1940-1941 at the University of Texas. Married the former Erma Covey of Glenrose, TX, June 16, 1942 and enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Received basic training at Norfolk, Virginia then attended corpsman training at Portsmouth, VA. Served at Parris Island for a time then attended dental school training (12 weeks) there. Received advanced dental training (6 month course) at Treasurer Island Naval Base in California and remained stationed there until discharged 11-15-1945, at the end of the war. Medals and Ribbons: Navy Good Conduct Medal.
After discharged from service, James returned to San Saba County, where he began work in the milk and dairy business. He also co-owned, with his brother, for a time, the locker plant. After 40 years he retired in 1985. James is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, has been active in the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary Club and the Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert H. Lewis - U.S. Army - DOB 10-9-1919
Born and raised in San Saba County by parents George and Susie Burleson. Attended and graduated from Richland Springs High School in 1939. Drafted into the Army, May 25, 1944, received basic and infantry training at Camp Fannin, Tyler, TX. Served in France and Germany with Co.
"A" 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. After the surrender of German forces, Robert had the opportunity to attend college in service at Biarritz American University in France where he studied business and German language. Medals and Ribbons: Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal w/two bronze stars, Army of Occupation Medal - Germany, WWII Victory Medal, two Overseas Bars, Combat Infantry Badge.
After discharge from the service, Robert returned to San Saba County, where he farmed and ranched. He married the former Loveta Newby of Richland Springs, TX, March 31, 1949. To their union was born two children, Darwin and Melody. For a time before and after the war, Robert worked in aircraft manufacturing. In 1965, he went to work for 3M in Brownwood, where he worked as a pre-inspector in the converting department. He retired from 3M at the age of 75 years in 1995. He has been active with the local volunteer fire department and is the deacon in the 1st Baptist Church of Richland Springs.
James L. Lusty - U.S. Army - DOB 10-1-1923
Born and raised in San Saba County by parents Verner and Coraell Lusty. Attended Wallace Creek School completing the 7th grade. Went to work at Deep Creek Ranch until drafted into the Army, March 23, 1943, at Abilene, TX. Attended basic training at Camp Walter, Wichita Falls, TX then assigned to advanced training assigned to Co. "C" 1880th Corps of Engineers - Aviation Battalion, Geiger Field at Spokane, Washington. During his training James was involved in a truck accident in which his back was crushed. He was hospitalized for 4 months before being medically discharged from Baxter General Hospital at Spokane, WA. Medals and Ribbons: NA - Medical Discharge
After returning home to San Saba County, he spent over a year recovering from his accident, as he was on crutches and could not walk. He met and married the former Gloria Thornton of San Saba County on August 11, 1945. To their union were born four children, Darrell, Ricky, Maurice and Madia Wynn. After his recovery, he went back to work for Deep Creek Ranch, where he lived and worked for 56 years. He and his wife moved near San Saba town in 2001, after retiring.