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  • 12/29/06-Longview

    Freedom Fighters: Huel Clive Tucker

    Freedom Fighters: Huel Clive Tucker

    Friday, January 5 2007 11:20 PM EST2007-01-06 04:20:03 GMT
    Like others of the "Greatest Generation" who fought for our freedom in World War II, it was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that spurred Huel Clive Tucker to join the Marine Corps.More >>
  • 12/22/06-Van

    Freedom Fighters: Herman McGahee

    Freedom Fighters: Herman McGahee

    Saturday, December 30 2006 12:10 AM EST2006-12-30 05:10:38 GMT
    Christmas is a special time for Herman McGahee of Van. But it's a celebration that almost ended for him in 1943.More >>
  • 12/15/06-Van

    Freedom Fighters:Ken Oxford

    Freedom Fighters:Ken Oxford

    Friday, December 22 2006 11:53 PM EST2006-12-23 04:53:27 GMT
    From the sweltering jungles of the South Pacific to fifty below zero temperatures in Korea, Ken Oxford fought for our freedom in two wars. Oxford was only seventeen when he joined the Marine Corps in 1943, just in time for some of the biggest battles of World War II.More >>
  • 12/8/06-Hallsville

    Freedom Fighters: Larry Griffin

    Freedom Fighters: Larry Griffin

    Friday, December 15 2006 10:45 PM EST2006-12-16 03:45:41 GMT
    Larry Griffin is passionate about history, whether it's the history of this region or that of Vietnam, where he spent 27 months during the Vietnam War. More >>
  • 12/2/06-Hideaway Lake

    Freedom Fighters: Otis Leach

    Freedom Fighters: Otis Leach

    Friday, December 8 2006 10:43 PM EST2006-12-09 03:43:26 GMT
    Otis Leach was a young Marine aboard the USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor, December 7,1941. Leach had planned to spend the day at the beach, but the Japanese sneak attack that morning changed everything.More >>
  • 11/24/06-Hideaway Lake

    Freedom Fighters: Colonel Ron Miller

    Freedom Fighters: Colonel Ron Miller

    Friday, November 24 2006 9:58 PM EST2006-11-25 02:58:17 GMT
    Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week, including the freedoms we enjoy. But Colonel Ron Miller says "freedom is never free." More >>
  • 11/17/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighters: Johnny Hawkins

    Freedom Fighters: Johnny Hawkins

    Friday, November 17 2006 10:32 PM EST2006-11-18 03:32:43 GMT
    Over 33,000 Americans lost their lives in the Korean Conflict, with over 100,000 wounded. Although Johnny Hawkins was badly wounded in the battle for Heartbreak Ridge, he lived to tell his story.More >>
  • 11/10/06-Kilgore

    Freedom Fighters:St. John Tribute

    Freedom Fighters:St. John Tribute

    Friday, November 10 2006 10:48 PM EST2006-11-11 03:48:24 GMT
    To most, the R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore is simply a place where football games are played. But to a group of war veterns and former Kilgore football players, the stadium is a tribute to a man who inspired them.More >>
  • 11/3/06-Kilgore

    Freedom Fighters: Larry Covin

    Freedom Fighters: Larry Covin

    Friday, November 3 2006 11:46 PM EDT2006-11-04 04:46:42 GMT
    In 1941, Larry Covin was a senior at Stephen F. Austin University, captain of the Lumberjack football team and "Mr. SFA". On December 26th, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Covin joined the Navy Airforce. More >>
  • 10/27/06-Quitman

    Freedom Fighters: J.N. Goodwin

    Freedom Fighters: J.N. Goodwin

    Friday, October 27 2006 11:58 PM EDT2006-10-28 03:58:30 GMT
    The critically acclaimed motion picture "Flags of our Fathers" tells the story of the 1945 battle of Iwo Jima.  J.N. Goodwin fought in that ferocious battle and lived to tell the story. More >>
  • 09/29/06-Gladewater

    Freedom Fighter: Dona Bozeman

    Freedom Fighter: Dona Bozeman

    Saturday, September 30 2006 12:07 AM EDT2006-09-30 04:07:37 GMT
    Dona Bozeman joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1942, just after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She spent two and a half years taking care of soldiers, wounded by war, in North Africa, and Italy. AfterMore >>
  • 08/18/06-East Texas

    Freedom Fighter: Ebb Smith

    Freedom Fighter: Ebb Smith

    Saturday, August 19 2006 9:55 AM EDT2006-08-19 13:55:48 GMT
    Ebb Smith served in the 57th Fighter Group during World War Two, the first U.S. fighter group to down a German plane and the first and only fighter group to fly over four thousand missions. The first assaignmentMore >>
  • 07/28/06-Rusk

    Freedom Fighter: Tom Townsend

    Freedom Fighter: Tom Townsend

    Thursday, August 10 2006 5:46 AM EDT2006-08-10 09:46:12 GMT
    Tom Townsend says the only war he fought in was the Cold War. But his collection of military vehicles helped to win every war from World War Two through Desert Storm. Townsend's collection includes twelveMore >>
  • 07/21/06-Ben Wheeler

    Freedom Fighter: Jeremy Johnson

    Freedom Fighter: Jeremy Johnson

    Friday, July 21 2006 10:50 PM EDT2006-07-22 02:50:20 GMT
    A patriotic family gathered this week to welcome home a warrior and to celebrate his marriage. It's thousands of miles from Iraq to the little chapel at Roseland Plantation and it's a journey that JeremyMore >>
  • 06/09/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighter: Pat Gallagher

    Freedom Fighter: Pat Gallagher

    Saturday, June 10 2006 12:00 AM EDT2006-06-10 04:00:41 GMT
    Pat Gallagher had flown twenty-two bombing missons before his nineteenth birthday. As a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber during World War Two, Gallagher was constantly in danger. On one flight alone, theMore >>
  • 06/02/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighter: Dutch Schorr

    Freedom Fighter: Dutch Schorr

    Saturday, June 3 2006 12:07 AM EDT2006-06-03 04:07:57 GMT

      Even twenty-seven years after his retirement fro the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Submarine Force, Dutch Schorr still can't talk about specific submarine capabilities or secret missions. 

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  • 05/26/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighter: Richard Lockhart

    Freedom Fighter: Richard Lockhart

    Friday, May 26 2006 10:38 PM EDT2006-05-27 02:38:41 GMT
    The Lockhart family of Tyler are big on tradition, whether it's growing plants or preserving freedom. Richard Lockhart's father, Jim, established "J.R. Lockhart and Son Nursery" in 1959. Jim now runs theMore >>
  • 05/05/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighters: Tyler HS Class Of 1941

    Freedom Fighters: Tyler HS Class Of 1941

    Saturday, May 6 2006 12:16 AM EDT2006-05-06 04:16:22 GMT
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    The Tyler High School Class of 1941 was the first of Tyler's "Greatest Generation". When the group met this week for their 65th reunion, all agreed that 1941 was a year that changed their lives forever.More >>
  • 04/21/06-East Texas

    Freedom Fighters: Bob Johnson

    Freedom Fighters: Bob Johnson

    Saturday, April 22 2006 12:28 AM EDT2006-04-22 04:28:00 GMT
    Bob Johnson's book "Gidi Gidi Boom Boom" is about his experiences in World War Two as a B-24 gunner and prisoner of war. Johnson didn't talk about his experiences for years. Even his family never questionedMore >>
  • 04/07/06-Gun Barrel City

    Freedom Fighter: Casey Long

    Freedom Fighter: Casey Long

    Friday, April 7 2006 10:49 PM EDT2006-04-08 02:49:41 GMT
    Homecoming with a new baby is one of those special highlights in anyone's life. But being there for the actual birth of his daughter Delaney is something that almost didn't happen for Casey Long, More >>
  • 03/13/06-East Texas

    Freedom Fighter: Bill Menzies

    Freedom Fighter: Bill Menzies

    Friday, March 31 2006 10:21 PM EDT2006-04-01 03:21:39 GMT
    Bill Menzies had only completed a half dozen missions as a tail gunner on a B17 when he was shot down over Germany during World War Two. Menzies was taken prisoner and survived the next two years inMore >>
  • 03/10/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighter: Alisha Bass

    Freedom Fighter: Alisha Bass

    Friday, March 10 2006 10:46 PM EST2006-03-11 03:46:04 GMT
    When Naval Petty Officer Alisha Bass was sent to Afghanastan for a six month tour, she left her eleven month old daughter Kaitlyn with her parents, Phil and Debra Weiss, in Longview. Aliisha missed More >>
  • 03/03/06-Palestine

    Freedom Fighter: Victor Lively

    Freedom Fighter: Victor Lively By Joan Hallmark

    Friday, March 3 2006 10:45 PM EST2006-03-04 03:45:20 GMT
    Victor Lively was a Gunner's mate aboard the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor when the first wave of Japanese planes hit the morning of December 7,1941. From his perch high on the foremast, Lively could seeMore >>
  • 02/24/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighter: Jack Welborn

    Freedom Fighter: Jack Welborn

    Friday, February 24 2006 11:57 PM EST2006-02-25 04:57:45 GMT
    Gliders are described in the dictionary as "aircraft similiar to an airplane but without an engine". However, to Jack Welborn of Tyler, gliders are the silent heroes of the sky. During World War Two,More >>
  • 02/17/06-Hideaway Lake

    Freedom Fighter: Bob Evans

    Freedom Fighter: Bob Evans

    Saturday, February 18 2006 12:08 AM EST2006-02-18 05:08:47 GMT
    Bob Evans joined the Navy at the age of seventeen, after his brother had been mortally wounded in the Pearl harbor attack. As a member of the Navy Amphibious forces, Evans helped land men, tanks andMore >>
  • 02/10/06-East Texas

    Freedom Fighter : Bill Burnett

    Freedom Fighter : Bill Burnett

    Friday, February 10 2006 11:56 PM EST2006-02-11 04:56:56 GMT
    In 1950 the Chinese Communists joined North Korea in the battle for the Chosin Reservoir. The few Americans who survvived the onslaught and the extreme weather were know thereafter as the "Frozen Chosin."More >>
  • 02/03/05-Martin's Mill

    Freedom Fighter: Quanah Barber

    Freedom Fighter: Quanah Barber

    Friday, February 3 2006 11:43 PM EST2006-02-04 04:43:08 GMT
    Quanah Barber had never been out of her hometown of Martin's Mill until she joined the Waves in 1943. Little did Barber realize at the time that she was making history as the first Wave in Van ZandtMore >>
  • 01/27/06-Tyler

    Freedom Fighter: Billy Cole

    Freedom Fighter: Billy Cole

    Friday, January 27 2006 11:55 PM EST2006-01-28 04:55:26 GMT
    As Facility Manager for Hibbs Hallmark And Company, Billy Cole is responsible for the security of everyone in the building. He says the viligence, loyalty, and dedication he learned in the U.S. ArmyMore >>
  • 01/20/06-Athens

    Freedom Fighter: Will Conley

    Freedom Fighter: Will Conley

    Friday, January 20 2006 10:27 PM EST2006-01-21 03:27:13 GMT
    Will Conley, chief technician of the nuclear medicine department at East Texas Medical Center, Athens, has been called to active duty twice. In '03, Conley ws sent to Afghanistan for a year. More >>
  • Freedom Fighters: Odell Poovey

    Freedom Fighters: Odell Poovey

    Friday, January 13 2006 11:51 PM EST2006-01-14 04:51:37 GMT
    Odell Poovey not only lived history in the South Pacific during World War Two, he recorded it in an amazing series of photographs. Poovey, a professional photographer, left Henderson for the Navy inMore >>
  • 1/06/06-Henderson

    Freedom Fighter: Billy Sitton

    Freedom Fighter: Billy Sitton

    Saturday, January 7 2006 6:37 PM EST2006-01-07 23:37:28 GMT
    Arriving in Korea at the height of the Korean War, Billy Sitton's first battle was almost his last. Out of 130 men in his company, only 19 were left. Not only were Sitton and his company fighting overwhelmingMore >>
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