The Family Serves Its Country

"Patriotism has its roots deep in the instincts and the
affections. Love of country is the expression of dutiful love."--D.D. Field

Our Servicemen

Richard Robert Rankin, Lt.
Continental Army, American Revolution
1775 - 1781

War of 1812

John Keith Rankin, Sergeant
War of 1812, Certificate #20744
Enlisted in Washington County, Alabama, December 29, 1814. Listed in Captain Bailey Heard's Company of Mississippi Militia. Discharged March 23, 1815.
Shelley Lee, Private
War of 1812
Gunner (one who helps load ammunition)
Shown on Muster Roll of Captain James Dunnington's Company of the Virginia Militia. Stationed at Camp Holly first under Major Armisted then Colonel John H. Cocke.

Texas - Pre-Republic through the Texas Revolution

Arthur and Squire Burns
Scouts and "minutemen" who defended settlers in DeWitt Colony from marauding Indians and Mexicans.
Squire Burns also was a soldier in the Texas Army, but died before the fall of the Alamo when his gun accidentally discharged, killing him.
John Jackson Tumlinson Sr.
Laid groundwork for the Texas Rangers.
Asked Texas Governor for permission to form a company of 15 men and 10 regular soldiers to scout and control the Indians.
Killed in 1823 by an Indian party while carrying out his duties.

Marcelino de la Garza
Fought in the Siege of Bexar (December 1835) in the Texas Revolution.
Received property in Bexar County for his services.
John Jackson Tumlinson Jr.
He was a 1st Lt. in Robert Coleman's Company in the Texas Revolution. Fought in the Siege of Bexar and under Capt. Heard (Company F) in the Battle at San Jacinto (1836).
Captain and one of the first Texas Rangers until his retirement.

South Carolina Secession Flag 1860

Texas National Confederacy Flag 1861

The War Between the States, 1860-1865

Samuel Roper
Fought for the Confederacy. Sergeant in 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles, Company "H", along with his brothers Jesse and Amos. Enlisted January 13, 1862 in the Pickens District under Major Thomas Boggs.
Columbus Burns
Fought for the Confederacy. Private in the 2nd Texas Cavalry under Colonel John "Rip" Ford. Engaged in border operations protecting Confederate-Mexican trade. Participated in the last battle of the Civil War, fought in Texas in May 1865.

World War I - "The War to End All Wars"
1914 - 1918

Corporal Farland George Roper
19th Infantry, MP at Camp Travis

George Farland Roper
Farland changed his name when he went into the Army because he didn't want to be called George. His enlistment was not entirely by choice. He had been in an altercation with some neighborhood boys and it ended up in court. The judge gave him the choice of going into the Army or going to jail--the choice was obvious. Farland was sent to Camp Travis at San Antonio, Texas, where he rose in the ranks to Corporal and became an MP. He did not go overseas and ended up living in Texas for the rest of his life.

Postcards of Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas

World War II - 1941 - 1945

Captain William J. Amann
969th Field Artillery Battalion
Killed at Bastogne, December 24, 1944

William Julius Amann
William joined the National Guard in 1937 in order to help pay for his college education. He had a room at the Armory where he was caretaker while going to Texas A&I. The National Guard was called up after Pearl Harbor. He chose to go to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and received his commission July 21, 1942. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in November 1942. He was assigned first to the 333rd and in 1943 to the 969th Field Artillery Battalion. Due to the Army's policies on segregation during WWII, white officers were attached to Negro units and the 333rd and 969th were two of those. The 969th trained at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, where "Bill" (as he was known in the Army) became the Executive Officer for Battery B. The 969th entered foreign service on March 1, 1944, and fought at Normandy, in France and at the Siegfried line. The unit was given the Distinguished Unit Citation for its stand at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He was promoted to Captain and Commander of Battery A September 1944. According to men who were with Bill on December 24, 1944, he was killed in a German bombing raid, when a JU88, flying around 3000 feet, dropped a bomb directly on the farmhouse where Bill and Ray Chapple were housed. He was first considered missing in action and was declared "Killed in Action" on January 1, 1945.

969th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery B - 1943
Bill Amann, who was the Exec Officer, is first man on first row (sitting) left side
(Thanks to Charles Johnson of Oakland for the picture--He is the 8th solider from the right in the first standing row.) )

CPO Carl E. Kingston
U.S.S. Wasp
U.S. Navy 1940-1969
Mechanic at naval air stations, both on planes and helicopters

And Soldiers in Peace

George William Kingston
Mortar Platoon Sergeant and retired as 1st Sergeant
U.S.Army 1961-1964, 1975-1992
4th Missile Battalion, 7th and 62nd Artillery in 1960s, Various Cavalry and Infantry Divisions during second stint

Pvt. Jason Kingston
U.S. Army 1985-1989


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