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We honor our comrades who have gone before us and are now guarding the gates.


Jack E. Sanderson
May 07, 1936- Dec. 15, 2016
Gunnery Sergeant
United States Marine Corps


Alonzo L. Mangham
December 17, 1922- November 22, 2016
FMF Corpsman
United States Navy
World War ll (Pacific) (24 Years Service)


James "Buck" Elton Lee
June 19, 1925- February 10, 2016                                                       
United States Marine Corps
World War ll (Pacific) (May 09, 1943- May 13, 1946)  


Dennis Michael Bradford
September 17, 1948- December 10, 2015
Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
Vietnam (December 06, 1967- August 05, 1973)


Kenneth Ray Savage
March 28, 1945- March 05, 2014
United States Marine Corps
Vietnam (1966-1970)


Harry Ellis Bruce
April 06, 1928- March 16, 2013
Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
Korea (1948- 1961)


Elmer Wayne Jerigan
August 17, 1946- April 25, 2011
Associate Member SP4
United States Army
Vietnam (February 09, 1966- January 08,1971)


JC "Smitty" Smitt
January 21, 1925- January 28, 2011
Gunnery Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
World War ll, Korea (1942- 1962)


Arthur Alexander Jr.
July 11, 1934- July 02, 2009
HM1 (E-6)
United States Navy
Vietnam (July 22, 1965- July 21, 1971)

Strimple C. "Jim" Coyle
July 10, 1923-May 2, 2009
Sergeant Major
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
World War II (Defender of Pearl Harbor)


Bryan "Bud" Hatten
September 10, 1923-January 17, 2009
Staff Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
World War II (1942 - 1946) Solomon Islands, Phillippines, China
Korean Conflict (1951 - 1952) Korea


William Bernard "Bill" Duke
September 04, 1915-December 01, 2008
US Army Air Corps / US Marine Corps
World War ll (1943 - 1945) European Theater


Richard Antioco Benavides, Junior
September 26, 1930-November 30, 2007
Master Gunnery Sergeant
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
March 1950-June 1980


William Clement Kennedy Jr.
May 22, 1950- September 14, 2007
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
Vietnam (August 13, 1968- July 28, 1974)


Dale W. Coonce
                      - December 07, 2018
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps


John R. Williams

1st Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps Reserves
Vietnam (March 01, 1968- July 19, 1973)

Paul M. Beres

Associate Member
Pineywoods Detachment 1189
Marine Corps League


Jarrie M. Love
December 28, 1939-November 5, 2008
Associate Life Member
Pineywoods Detachment 1189
Marine Corps League




Nacogdoches County Veteran's Memorial Wall

    Nacogdoches County dedicated the Veterans' Memorial Wall on Veteran's Day,
November 11, 2006. You may place a veteran's name and service on the wall by
purchasing a plaque for $50.

     Fill out and print the PDF form below, attach proper documentation (separation
papers, DD214, or other documented proof of service), enclose a check for $50
made out to Nacogdoches County, and mail it to the Nacogdoches County Veteran's
Service Officer (address and telephone numbers are below).

     There are a maximum of four lines on each plaque. If the veteran's name will
fit on one line, there will be three lines on the plaque. The font will be upper case.
Lines 1 & 2 will be 5/8" in height with a maximum of 15 characters per line.
Lines 3 & 4 will be 1/2" in height with a maximum of 21 characters per line.

1st line will be the first and middle name
2nd line will be the last name
3rd line will be the branch of service and the highest rank held
4th line will be dates of service and war service

Please fill out this Memorial Wall Plaque form.

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Nacogdoches County Veteran's Services Officer
Abby Scorsonelli
203 W. Main St. Ste 109
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Phone: 936-560-7780             Office Hours: Monday -Thursday  8:30am -  4:30pm
Fax: 936-560-7860                                      Friday                     8:30am - 12:30pm 

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This is the memorial to PFC Austin at Memorial Hospital, Nacogdoches, Texas.
   PFC Oscar P. Austin was born in Nacogdoches on January 15, 1948, the son of Frank and Mildred Austin. He graduated from Phoenix High School in 1967 and was inducted into the United States Marine Corps at Phoenix, Arizona, on April 22, 1968. PFC Austin was an assistant machine gunner with Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, six miles west of Da Nang, South Vietnam, on February 23, 1969. His company was in action during the early morning hours against a large North Vietnamese force. After his post was attacked, he noticed a wounded comrade unconscious in an exposed position. Austin unhesitatingly went to his aid. When a grenade landed near the injured man he leaped between it and the wounded marine and absorbed the effects of the explosion. Badly wounded, he turned to render aid to his fallen comrade and saw an enemy soldier aiming a weapon at the wounded man. Once again he resolutely threw himself between the wounded marine and the enemy soldier and in so doing was mortally wounded. The Medal of Honor was presented to his parents by Vice President Spiro Agnew on April 20, 1970, at the White House.

    PFC Austin's medals include:
    [Medal of Honor] Medal of Honor
    [Purple Heart] Purple Heart
    [National Defense Service Medal] National Defense Service Medal
    [Vietnam Service Medal] Vietnam Service Medal (with two bronze stars)
    [Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal] Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

The President of the United States,
in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting
the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to:

for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Assistant Machine Gunner with Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 23 February 1969, Private First Class Austin's observation post was subjected to a fierce ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force supported by a heavy volume of hand grenades, satchel charges and small arms fire. Observing that one of his wounded companions had fallen unconscious in a position dangerously exposed to the hostile fire, Private First Class Austin unhesitatingly left the relative security of his fighting hole and, with complete disregard for his own safety, raced across the fire-swept terrain to assist the Marine to a covered location. As he neared the casualty, he observed an enemy grenade land nearby and, reacting instantly, leaped between the injured Marine and the lethal object, absorbing the effect of its detonation. As he ignored his painful injuries and turned to examine the wounded man, he saw a North Vietnamese Army soldier aiming a weapon at his unconscious companion. With full knowledge of the probable consequences and thinking only to protect the Marine, Private First Class Austin resolutely threw himself between the casualty and the hostile soldier and, in so doing, was mortally wounded. Private First Class Austin's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
PFC Oscar P. Austin in Vietnam, 1969      
USS Oscar P. Austin (DDG-79) Official Website
USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy.

Oscar Austin is named for Private First Class Oscar P. Austin, USMC, a recipient of the Medal of Honor. His mother, Mildred Austin, was the matron of honor at the commissioning.

Oscar Austin's maiden deployment in late 2002 resulted in her participation in the opening strikes of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Oscar Austin recently deployed in September 2005, once again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship returned from a successful deployment in March 2006.

As of 2007, Oscar Austin is operating in DESRON 26.

As of 2008 the Oscar Austin is the first combatant ship to deploy with a Scan Eagle UAV developed and flown by Insitu Inc.

Memorial Day in Afghanistan
by Seth Hensarling

Lt. Roslyn littman Schulte

Shawn Matthew Pine

Hello All,
Happy Belated Memorial day!!!

How was your Memorial Day? Do anything exciting? Last year the CG (Commanding General) declared Memorial Day a low battle rhythm day and essentially let everyone off half a day but this year we had no such luck. In the past I have usually spent Memorial Day out by the pool grilling some burgers, down at the beach playing horseshoes, or at the yearly family reunion. This year, however, my Memorial Day experience was a little different. If you're like me and need a little help with enlisted and officer ranks check out the links below:

About a month and a half ago, Shane (my roommate) and I walked over to the sewing shop and just happened to meet an Air Force First Lieutenant (1LT). We got to talking to her while the seamstress finished a modification on her flight suit and found out that she was a graduate of the Air Force Academy and this was her first deployment. She was stationed in Hawaii and volunteered for the assignment. She was very outgoing with a great personality and seemed to really be enjoying her experience so far. Since camp Eggers is kind of small we would see her around at the DFAC (Dinning Facility), in the gym, and I would see her each Monday and we would speak for a bit while doing some volunteer work on a project for the Afghan needy. (More on this later with pictures.) I was under the impression she was married because of the ring she wore but it turns out she wore it for her boyfriend, who also was in the Air Force and was a C-17 pilot also stationed in Hawaii. She seemed to have everything in front of her, her life, her career in the Air Force, and her family.

On May 20, 2009, only two days since I had last spoken with her, she and a few other military personnel along with a MPRI senor intelligence mentor were headed to Bagram from Kabul in a three vehicle convoy. They were traveling in up-armored SUV's. On the way to Bagram an IDE was detonated, the explosion killed her along with the MPRI senior mentor and their translator. (You can read about it here:

Since I have been here, there have been about two or three military personnel killed due to explosions from one type of bomb or another. But this was the first person that I even remotely knew and it hit home. I am very fortunate in the fact that the amount of danger that I am exposed to on a daily bases is very, very minimal compared to a majority of the military personnel and other MPRI employees. As you can see from the pictures there was standing room only at the service. Everyone from the top four star General in Afghanistan, David McKiernan (He was relieved of his duty a few weeks ago by Defense Secretary Robert Gates but is still in country waiting on his replacement.), to Major General Formica (He is the Commanding General -CG of CSTC-A and works on Camp Eggers), to the youngest enlisted guy/gal, to MPRI, KBR, and other contractors were in attendance to pay their respects. The service wasn't unlike any other memorial services that I had been to in the past for loved ones, friends and acquaintances. Not having really known either Lt. Roslyn or Shawn Pine my emotional attachment was somewhat limited but one part of the service did make my eyes water a bit and made me take a deep breath.

It's called "Roll Call" or "Muster Roll Call", the verbal accountability system the military uses and this is how it went...

Imagine a tall, stocky, older Army First Sergeant (1SG) in front of a standing crowd, a crowd so quiet you can hear the metal snaps (used to connect the flag to the rope) knocking against the aluminum flag polls as the wind gently lifts the flags with each gust. The old Army First Sergeant begins the Roll Call by projecting his booming voice out to the crowd and calls the squad leaders of the CJ2 Company one by one. Each squad leader that comprises CJ2 answers the First Sergeant call with a load and precise, "HERE, First Sergeant!"

"HERE, FIRST SERGENT!", responded the first squad leader as his rank and name are called.

"HERE, FIRST SERGENT!", responded the second squad leader as her rank and name are called.

"HERE, FIRST SERGENT!", responded the third squad leader as his rank and name are called.

Then, the First Sergeant's booming voice calls the name of, "MR. SHAWN PINE!" The crowd remains completely silent and motionless while the First Sergeant's pause seems to carry on forever. Then with out warning, and this time with more conviction, he calls out again, his voice demanding an answer, "MR. SHAWN PINE." A few seconds pass and for the third and final time the First Sergeant calls, "MR. SHAWN MATTHEW PINE" and waits a moment for a response, a response that will unfortunately, never come.

The First Sergeant's voice then calls the name of, "LIEUTENANT SCHULTE!" Once again, his roll call is denied a response and time seems to halt. Even the gentle breeze has stopped blowing and the crowd remains completely silent with many heads now bowed. The First Sergeant's voice once again shouts out, this time adding her first name, "LIEUTENANT ROSLYN SCHULTE" and once again silence prevails. Then, for the third and final time, the First Sergeant's raises his voice and calls in a slow drawn-out manner, adding her middle name, "LIEUTENANT ROSLYN LITTMAN SCHULTE!"

After a few moments the First Sergeant makes his way back to his seat and Taps begin to play.

Without a doubt, this will be a Memorial Day "Celebration" that I will not soon forget.

Freedom, my friends, is definitely not free. Is the sacrifice that is paid to preserve our way of life worth it? Today, as sorrow tugged at the heart and through misty eyes, "YES" came to mind a little slower than usual.


P.S. Since I've never been in the military and this was the first "Roll Call" I have witnessed, I may have some of the details off just a little.