Nov
14
2014

Elza Dwayne “Ed” Martin volunteered for the US Navy at age 17 and reported for duty in Dallas, Texas on August 22, 1942. Little did this raw recruit realize that over the next 3 years he would see duty in California, Pearl Harbor, Brisbane, Australia, New Guinea, Midway Island, Saipan, Treasure Island, Panama Canal, Marshall […]

Nov
3
2014

Elza “Ed” Martin began life as a sharecropper’s son. He was one of ten children, living in a three room house on about thirty acres near Cleburne, Texas. These were the years of the Great Depression and life was not easy. Uncertainty and hard work dominated Ed’s early life. The Martins were blessed to have […]

Oct
2
2014

Taylor McClure graduated from high school in 1942 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Military service in World War II was imminent, and the idea of being a Navy cadet seemed adventurous and exciting. An enlistment application received no response so Taylor hitch-hiked to the Dallas Navy office, only to learn that voluntary enlistments had been suspended. The […]

Aug
26
2014

Corporal Dave Tolan served with the 712th Tank Battalion in WWII. This battalion was attached to the 90th Infantry Division, known as The Tough Ombres, or “TO”. (This designation originally meant Texas/Oklahoma in WWI.)  They pushed across France from Omaha Beach, and Dave has combat stars from Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Battle of the Bulge […]

Aug
5
2014

The Fort Worth Stockyards is one of Texas’ most popular tourist attractions. Thousands of visitors are hosted here from around the world each year and facilities are expanded as that number continues to increase. These visitors are introduced to the rich history of the Chisholm Trail and the Stockyards, have a chance to witness special […]