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  • Freedom Fighters: Bert Webber

    Freedom Fighters: Bert Webber

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-04-12 03:43:28 GMT
    Bert Webber went into the Army in 1945 as a Private, and by the time he retire in 1967, he was a Lieutenant Colonel. More >>
    Bert Webber went into the Army in 1945 as a Private, and by the time he retire in 1967, he was a Lieutenant Colonel. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The U.S.S. Bollinger

    Freedom Fighters: The U.S.S. Bollinger

    Saturday, October 26 2013 12:07 AM EDT2013-10-26 04:07:49 GMT
    Sixty-nine years ago, a group of eighteen year olds sailed aboard the U.S.S. Bollinger into harms way.   Now five of those survivors, at the age of 87, met at a reunion in Tyler to share their memories. JimmyMore >>
    Sixty-nine years ago, a group of eighteen year olds sailed aboard the U.S.S. Bollinger into harms way.   Now five of those survivors, at the age of 87, met at a reunion in Tyler to share their memories. JimmyMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Freedom Fighters: Allen Brown

    Monday, May 13 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-13 13:44:00 GMT
    World War Two was the most widespread war in history, with over a hundred million people serving in military units.  Of the millions of Americans who served in the Second World War, only six percent areMore >>
    World War Two was the most widespread war in history, with over a hundred million people serving in military units. 
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  • Freedom Fighters: Ben Fitzgerald

    Freedom Fighters: Ben Fitzgerald

    Friday, May 3 2013 11:51 PM EDT2013-05-04 03:51:18 GMT
    Ben Fitzgerald joined the Navy in 1943, right out of high school. His first assignment was as a "torpedo man" aboard the destroyer the "Chew" out of Honolulu.   Ironically, Fitzgerald's next assignmentMore >>
    Known for his real estate company, this WWII veteran has a history with submarines.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Halbert

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Halbert

    Saturday, April 13 2013 12:04 AM EDT2013-04-13 04:04:06 GMT
    Bill Halbert began his Air Force career at the age of 18. By the time he had retired 28 years later as a Lieutenant Colonel, he had piloted 42 combat missions in three wars. For the past 8 years, HalbertMore >>
    Bill Halbert began his Air Force career at the age of 18. By the time he had retired 28 years later as a Lieutenant Colonel, he had piloted 42 combat missions in three wars. For the past 8 years, HalbertMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Victor Dake

    Freedom Fighters: Victor Dake

    Saturday, February 2 2013 12:03 AM EST2013-02-02 05:03:49 GMT
    Victor Dake of Mineola served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, one month, and 29 days during three hot wars and one cold one. Dake joined what was then named the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was sentMore >>
    Victor Dake of Mineola served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, one month, and 29 days during three hot wars and one cold one. Dake joined what was then named the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was sentMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Roy Arkelin

    Freedom Fighters: Roy Arkelin

    Monday, January 28 2013 11:49 PM EST2013-01-29 04:49:35 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark Roy Arkelin joined the army in 1942, and by the end of the year, he was fighting in North Africa. After recovering from a hip wound, he was sent to Sicily, where the fighting was ferocious.More >>
    By Joan Hallmark Roy Arkelin joined the army in 1942, and by the end of the year, he was fighting in North Africa. After recovering from a hip wound, he was sent to Sicily, where the fighting was ferocious.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Floyd Anderson

    Freedom Fighters: Floyd Anderson

    Friday, January 11 2013 11:44 PM EST2013-01-12 04:44:10 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark Floyd Anderson has worked on the land that's Tyler Rose Nursery for over half a century. He's their most trusted employee. But from 1942 to 1946, Anderson left agriculture to serveMore >>
    Joan Hallmark profiles another member of The Greatest Generation.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Glen Kernohan

    Freedom Fighters: Glen Kernohan

    Friday, January 4 2013 11:41 PM EST2013-01-05 04:41:06 GMT
    Glen Kernohan was a senior in high school when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. The Nazi's launched their biggest counter attack at Bulge, Belgium December 16,1944. For weeks, Kernohan wasMore >>
    Glen Kernohan was a senior in high school when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. The Nazi's launched their biggest counter attack at Bulge, Belgium December 16,1944. For weeks, Kernohan wasMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: James Callanan

    Freedom Fighters: James Callanan

    Friday, November 30 2012 11:49 PM EST2012-12-01 04:49:48 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark James Callanan was a "Submariner" during World War Two, serving in one of the most celebrated submarines of the war. Before the U.S.S. Batfish was de-commissioned in 1945, it was creditedMore >>
    By Joan Hallmark James Callanan was a "Submariner" during World War Two, serving in one of the most celebrated submarines of the war. Before the U.S.S. Batfish was de-commissioned in 1945, it was creditedMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Calhoun

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Calhoun

    Saturday, November 17 2012 12:32 AM EST2012-11-17 05:32:51 GMT
    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - For over twenty years, Bill Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy, traveling throughout the world in defense of our country. Calhoun joined the Navy at the age of eighteen, soon afterMore >>
    Bill Calhoun joined the U.S. Navy, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Luther Corothers

    Freedom Fighters: Luther Corothers

    Wednesday, November 14 2012 1:53 PM EST2012-11-14 18:53:08 GMT
    By Joan HallmarkLuther Corothers of Palestine served in the 82nd Air Born during World War Two.  He made 11 combat parachute jumps from North Africa into Holland, Belgium and Germany.  Wounded twice, CorothersMore >>
    Luther Corothers of Palestine served in the 82nd Air Born during World War Two. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Geneva Fields Ford

    Freedom Fighters: Geneva Fields Ford

    Friday, October 26 2012 11:44 PM EDT2012-10-27 03:44:34 GMT
    Troup, TX (KLTV) - Out of ten children in the Fields family of Troup, eight served our country in World War Two. Geneva Fields Ford and her sister Nell were sworn into the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps(laterMore >>
    East Texan was one of the first American women to join the army.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Gordon Kimbell

    Freedom Fighters: Gordon Kimbell

    Friday, October 19 2012 10:43 PM EDT2012-10-20 02:43:23 GMT
    Gordon Kimbell was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1943, not realizing he would spend the next few years of his life under water instead of on top of it.More >>
    Gordon Kimbell was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1943, not realizing he would spend the next few years of his life under water instead of on top of it.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Wilbur Dixon - Tuskegee Display

    Freedom Fighters: Wilbur Dixon - Tuskegee Display

    Friday, October 19 2012 9:34 AM EDT2012-10-19 13:34:03 GMT
    The exhibition now on display at the historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler is named "The Test" because that's exactly what this page in our nation's history was.
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    The exhibition now on display at the historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler is named "The Test" because that's exactly what this page in our nation's history was. It was a test of African Americans and their ability to pilot planes in combat.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bob Bassett

    Freedom Fighters: Bob Bassett

    Friday, October 19 2012 9:19 AM EDT2012-10-19 13:19:46 GMT
    Bob Bassett was a young navy seabee in 1943 when he volunteered for a highly secretive underwater demolition team.More >>
    Bob Bassett was a young navy seabee in 1943 when he volunteered for a highly secretive underwater demolition team.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Texas State Veteran's Home

    Freedom Fighters: Texas State Veteran's Home

    Wednesday, October 17 2012 9:13 AM EDT2012-10-17 13:13:21 GMT
    This is a home for heroes, in spite of the fact that the veterans at the Texas State Veterans home will deny they're heroes.More >>
    This is a home for heroes, in spite of the fact that the veterans at the Texas State Veterans home will deny they're heroes.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jack Shadle

    Freedom Fighters: Jack Shadle

    Wednesday, October 17 2012 8:59 AM EDT2012-10-17 12:59:47 GMT
    Jack Shadle flew his first combat mission in World War Two at the age of nineteen.More >>
    Jack Shadle flew his first combat mission in World War Two at the age of nineteen.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Jeff Morris

    Freedom Fighters: Jeff Morris

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:58 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:58:04 GMT
    Jeff Morris was the company commander of company B, first battalion, eighth calvary regiment, second brigade combat team, 1st calvary division...to be known forever as "legion eight".More >>
    Jeff Morris was the company commander of company B, first battalion, eighth calvary regiment, second brigade combat team, 1st calvary division...to be known forever as "legion eight".More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:56 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:56:25 GMT
    Sixty two years after World War Two ended, Don Williams, a resident of Buckner Westmiinister in Longview, received his military service medals.More >>
    Sixty two years after World War Two ended, Don Williams, a resident of Buckner Westmiinister in Longview, received his military service medals.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Thomas E. Crawford

    Freedom Fighters: Thomas E. Crawford

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:30 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:30:43 GMT
    Thomas E. Crawford was part in the engineer combat battalion at the end of Word War Two.More >>
    Thomas E. Crawford was part in the engineer combat battalion at the end of Word War Two.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Arthur Owens

    Freedom Fighters: Arthur Owens

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:17 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:17:12 GMT
    It was seventy years ago that Arthur Owens joined the army air corps.More >>
    It was seventy years ago that Arthur Owens joined the army air corps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Mac McDowell

    Freedom Fighters: Mac McDowell

    Monday, October 15 2012 9:09 AM EDT2012-10-15 13:09:40 GMT
    Mac Mcdowell arrived in Vietnam in 1968 following the tet offensive. He was to spend 13 months there as gunner and crew chief on a uh 34d helicopter.More >>
    Mac Mcdowell arrived in Vietnam in 1968 following the tet offensive. He was to spend 13 months there as gunner and crew chief on a uh 34d helicopter.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters, Don Alfred

    Freedom Fighters, Don Alfred

    Friday, October 12 2012 12:14 PM EDT2012-10-12 16:14:58 GMT
    Don Alfred joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 at the age of 17. He flew 27 combat missions in World War Two, 25 of them before his 20th birthday.More >>
    Don Alfred joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 at the age of 17. He flew 27 combat missions in World War Two, 25 of them before his 20th birthday.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Freedom Fighters: Earl Downey

    Friday, October 12 2012 10:28 AM EDT2012-10-12 14:28:20 GMT
    Earl Downey was eighteen when he joined the army air corps in 1942. Before he reached the age of twenty, he was piloting a b-24 liberator on bombing missions over Austria and Germany.More >>
    Earl Downey was eighteen when he joined the army air corps in 1942. Before he reached the age of twenty, he was piloting a b-24 liberator on bombing missions over Austria and Germany.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Norman Davis

    Freedom Fighters: Norman Davis

    Friday, October 12 2012 10:19 AM EDT2012-10-12 14:19:05 GMT
    When Norman Davis joined the army in 1959, he didn't think about winning such medals as the bronze star.More >>
    When Norman Davis joined the army in 1959, he didn't think about winning such medals as the bronze star.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George Whisenhunt

    Freedom Fighters: George Whisenhunt

    Friday, October 12 2012 10:16 AM EDT2012-10-12 14:16:17 GMT
    George Whisenhunt's life might have been different of he hadn't spent two tours of duty in Korea.More >>
    George Whisenhunt's life might have been different of he hadn't spent two tours of duty in Korea.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Lt. Col. Tom Crawford:

    Freedom Fighters: Lt. Col. Tom Crawford:

    Wednesday, October 10 2012 11:19 AM EDT2012-10-10 15:19:06 GMT
    Thomas Crawford arrived in Okinowa just as World War Two ended, but in 1950 he was called back to active duty and sent to Korea.More >>
    Thomas Crawford arrived in Okinowa just as World War Two ended, but in 1950 he was called back to active duty and sent to Korea.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Robertson

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Robertson

    Friday, October 5 2012 9:55 AM EDT2012-10-05 13:55:16 GMT
    Five major battles, freed prisoners, and a "pocket pup" are only a few of Bill Robertson's experiences In World War Two.More >>
    Five major battles, freed prisoners, and a "pocket pup" are only a few of Bill Robertson's experiences In World War Two.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Veterans Memorial in Canton

    Freedom Fighters: Veterans Memorial in Canton

    Friday, September 28 2012 10:57 AM EDT2012-09-28 14:57:42 GMT
    The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in Canton honors Military men and women who serve our country.More >>
    The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in Canton honors Military men and women who serve our country.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Harold Tanner

    Freedom Fighters: Harold Tanner

    Thursday, September 20 2012 10:02 AM EDT2012-09-20 14:02:08 GMT
    Harold Tanner narrowly escaped death three times when his helicopter was downed by enemy fire in Vietnam.More >>
    Harold Tanner narrowly escaped death three times when his helicopter was downed by enemy fire in Vietnam.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Freedom Fighters: Don Williams

    Friday, July 27 2012 11:15 PM EDT2012-07-28 03:15:33 GMT
    By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com Don Williams was a pilot in World War Two. He was selected for a special Naval flight group hunting down submarines In the Atlantic. After one twelve hour flight,More >>
    Don Williams was a pilot in World War Two. He was selected for a special Naval flight group hunting down submarines In the Atlantic.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: The Gray brothers

    Freedom Fighters: The Gray brothers

    Friday, March 9 2012 11:51 PM EST2012-03-10 04:51:50 GMT
    The three Gray brothers of Henderson, Charles, Jack, and Delbert, all served in World War II and survived to tell their stories.More >>
    The three Gray brothers of Henderson, Charles, Jack, and Delbert, all served in World War II and survived to tell their stories.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bill Gignilliat

    Freedom Fighters: Bill Gignilliat

    Tuesday, February 21 2012 2:54 PM EST2012-02-21 19:54:32 GMT
    The Battle of the Bulge began early in the morning of December 16,1944.  It would be the largest land battle in American history. 
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    The Battle of the Bulge began early in the morning of December 16,1944.  It would be the largest land battle in American history. On that morning Bill Gignilliat was on guard duty in the little Belgium town of Buchholz StationMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Joe Crenshaw

    Freedom Fighters: Joe Crenshaw

    Friday, December 30 2011 11:44 PM EST2011-12-31 04:44:03 GMT
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    At the age of 17, Joe Crenshaw joined the Army to see the world.  Instead he saw a war in KoreaMore >>
    At the age of 17, Joe Crenshaw joined the Army to see the world.  Instead he saw a war in KoreaMore >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Fred Tipton

    Freedom Fighters: Fred Tipton

    Friday, December 23 2011 11:40 PM EST2011-12-24 04:40:55 GMT
    For Fred Tipton, Christmas in Vietnam in 1967 was anything but pretty.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Joe Guidry

    Freedom Fighters: Joe Guidry

    Friday, December 16 2011 7:36 PM EST2011-12-17 00:36:23 GMT
    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and three Battle Stars, only begin to tell the story of what World War Two was like for Joe Guidry.More >>
    LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and three Battle Stars, only begin to tell the story of what World War Two was like for Joe Guidry.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Ronnie Walker

    Freedom Fighters: Ronnie Walker

    Friday, October 28 2011 10:37 PM EDT2011-10-29 02:37:19 GMT
    When Ronnie Walker was put in charge of his company's fire base in Vietnam, he thought he was finally out of danger after months of combat.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Clint Surles

    Freedom Fighters: Clint Surles

    Friday, October 28 2011 10:35 PM EDT2011-10-29 02:35:32 GMT
    In World War Two, Clint Surles faced death from Anzio Beach to the foot of the Italian Alps.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George French

    Freedom Fighters: George French

    Friday, June 10 2011 11:53 PM EDT2011-06-11 03:53:19 GMT
    George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968 he volunteered for helicopter service.More >>
    George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968 he volunteered for helicopter service.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: George French

    Freedom Fighters: George French

    Friday, June 10 2011 10:26 PM EDT2011-06-11 02:26:36 GMT
    George French had been trained as an aircraft mechanic, but when he arrived in Vietnam in 1968, he volunteered for helicopter service.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Bud Williams

    Freedom Fighters: Bud Williams

    Saturday, June 4 2011 12:08 AM EDT2011-06-04 04:08:07 GMT
    Bud Williams was one of five brothers to fight in World War Two. Brothers Tobe, Tolley and Don all made it home safely.More >>
    Bud Williams was one of five brothers to fight in World War Two. Brothers Tobe, Tolley and Don all made it home safely.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Doyle Simmons

    Freedom Fighters: Doyle Simmons

    Friday, May 20 2011 11:00 PM EDT2011-05-21 03:00:46 GMT
    Doyle Simmons was in some of the biggest invasions in World War II, but he fought the war with needles instead of guns.More >>
    Doyle Simmons was in some of the biggest invasions in World War II, but he fought the war with needles instead of guns.More >>
  • Freedom Fighters:Howard Nisbet

    Freedom Fighters:Howard Nisbet

    Friday, March 18 2011 11:44 PM EDT2011-03-19 03:44:52 GMT
    Howard Nisbet flew 28 missions as a B-24 Bomber Pilot in World War Two. Although Nisbet escaped injury, his plane was hit so many times, its crew named it "Patches".More >>
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