It was truly an honor to stand in the midst of patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served, both present and in spirit. Longview has been blessed with an abundance of men and women who proudly and bravely serve their country sacrificing a great deal for the cherished causes of freedom and democracy.We owe our military personnel a debt of gratitude which can never be fully repaid.
The six selected veterans for the inaugural year of Longview ISD’s “Wall of Honor” were recognized Friday, Oct. 30th.
Mr. Alvin Lamar Cammack, class of 1942 and Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Cammack, a U.S. Marine, was killed in action on Saipan July 6, 1944, while attempting to rescue a fallen Marine.
Mr. Howard P. Coghlan, class of 1944. Mr. Coghlan served aboard the U.S.S. Monticello during WWII. During his three tours of duty with the United States Coast Guard, Mr. Coghlan received the American Area Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Harvey D. Jones, Sr., class of 1947. Mr. Jones was the first black Lieutenant Colonel in Gregg County. During his 20 years of service in the U.S. Army and the reserves, Mr. Jones received the United Nation Service Medal and Korean Service Medal. Mr. Jones passed away November 11, 2013.
Mr. John Dudley Meadows, class of 1942. During his 42 years of service with the United States Air Force, Mr. Meadows served three tours of duty in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Mr. Meadows received many military decorations, including two battle stars for his service in WWII.
Mr. James Davis Molpus, class of 1965 and Purple Heart/Bronze Star recipient. James “Jimmy” was killed in action in South Vietnam by “hostile fire” May 2, 1968, at the age of 21.
James “Jim Bob” Rollins, class of 1972. During his 21 years of service with the U.S. Army, Mr. Rollins received dozens of military decorations including Legion of Merit, Land Commander Austrailia’s Commendation and many more. During his “lobo days”,”Jim Bob” was the first Battalion Commander in the Jr. ROTC’s second year.
Veterans have given us freedom, security and the greatest nation on earth. It is impossible to put a price on that.
We must remember them. We must appreciate them.
God bless you all for being here, God bless our veterans, and God bless America.