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Freedom Fighters:St. John Tribute

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.

In 1941 the Kilgore Bulldogs played their games in a stadium called the Kilgore Athletic Field. Their head coach was a young man named R.E. St. John. His players idolized him.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, St. John joined the Navy. He lost his life saving others after his ship sank in the Atlantic. After the war, the athletic field was re-named The R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in his honor. Many of St. John's football players also served gallantly in World War Two.

Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. the Kilgore Historical Society Preservation Foundation will present "Christmas In The Oil Patch". The title of this year's presentation is "A Star Spangled Celebration" and it salutes "The Greatest Generation". St. John and his football players will be honored.

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