Recall us all on Memorial Day

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Please allow me to share some accomplishments and contributions and sacrifices made by my family. My name is Dixie.

My son George Washington from Virginia led our troops to victory in the American Revolution, during freezing weather and while disease killed many spared in combat.

My son Francis Marion -- the "Swamp Fox" from South Carolina -- also fought the British and won during the American Revolution.

My son Andrew Jackson from South Carolina fought in New Orleans during the War of 1812. His courage and 3,000 men defeated 10,000 experienced British troops. What leadership! We won the War of 1812, thanks to men like him.

Also, let's not forget my sons who gave new meaning to the word "courage." Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, with about 200 men, took on Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna's army at a place called the Alamo. Santa Anna's army numbered in the thousands. My sons never had a chance, but they gave Santa Anna's army a lesson in courage. Soon after their stand, Sam Houston's army defeated Santa Anna's army.

My son Sgt. Alvin York from Tennessee captured 50 or so German soldiers during World War I and marched them back to U.S. lines singlehandedly. He was the most decorated soldier in World War I and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

My son Lt. Audie Murphy from Texas earned a battlefield commission in combat against Hitler's army in World War II. He also became the most decorated soldier in World War II.

Also in World War II, some great military leaders came from the South: Gens. Dwight Eisenhower from Texas and Douglas MacArthur from Arkansas, and Adm. Chester Nimitz from Texas.

In closing, please honor my 260,000 family members who died in the War Between the States on Memorial Day. I will never forget them.

Dewey E. Hill


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Trey Enfantay 05/30/10 - 05:44 am
Thank you for a wonderful

Thank you for a wonderful letter, Mr Hill.

handoff57 05/30/10 - 06:26 am
Morning, Kudos to you for a

Kudos to you for a wonderfully written piece. I've read several articles written on how many medals have been awarded to military from the "lower" states. More interestingly, a very proportionate number during the later wars from a small number of counties in SC.
Make sure and suprise every one of those "old" guys wearing hats with WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam hats on with a handshake and a Thank You.
Have a Great Day!!!

Dixieman 05/30/10 - 08:57 am
Nice letter, shows pride in

Nice letter, shows pride in our beloved South, not ignorance about the cause of the War Between the States. And thanks from this Vietnam vet...

UncleRemus 05/30/10 - 09:13 pm
I also recall the hero of

I also recall the hero of Buena Vista in the Mexican War, Colonel Jefferson Davis and his father in law General Zachary Taylor,who both became American Presidents.No real Marine can forget "Chesty" Puller whose service spanned two world wars and Korea.I also recall Brigadier General N.B. Forrest III, the great grandson of Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest, U.S. Eighth Air Force, he was the first American General Officer killed in combat against the nazis during World War II. He died while in a B-17 bomber raid on Kiel, Germany, June 13, 1943. Augusta's own "Fighting Joe" Wheeler is remembered as a General Officer in both the Confederate and United States Army, being appointed Major General commanding the U.S. Cavalry V Corps during the Spanish-American War.

Ne Obliviscaris

BurkeSharpshooter 05/31/10 - 10:29 am
Thank you Mr. Hill Very well

Thank you Mr. Hill
Very well said

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