Category Archives: History

One button from destruction

I did an interview for the local newspaper a few years ago for the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In October 1962, the world stood on the edge of destruction – closer to nuclear war than it has … Continue reading

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So long to an old friend

I learned recently that a friend of mine up in Oklahoma had passed away. Curt “The Hogshooter Philosopher” Johnson had about 40 years on me but we were good friends because of a shared love of history and amateur archeology. … Continue reading

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Harry Thompson: Battle of Bulge was like going through Hell

A friend on mine, Harry Thompson, passed away today (August 3, 2011) at the age of 97. Harry went through hell for his country and his sacrifice is worth remembering. In 2008, Harry came into my office to talk politics … Continue reading

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Moore remembers time as a fighter pilot

The elementary school in Nowata, Oklahoma is named after former school superintendent and community leader Glenn C. Moore. But before Moore made his respected reputation in education, he earned another reputation over the skies of Europe in World War II: … Continue reading

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Ten fallen officers honored by Alluwe monument

Each year a tribute is held for fallen Nowata County law officers at the Ray Coffey Memorial in Alluwe, Oklahoma’s Clark City Park. The memorial was dedicated on July 4, 1992 in honor of Ray Coffey, who had served as … Continue reading

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James Cagle’s life was saved by a can of beans in World War II

A good man passed away recently. A peaceful man who served his country fighting through hellish conditions more than a half century earlier. Shortly before he passed away, James Cagle shared his story with me. James Cagle’s life was saved … Continue reading

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Caldwell remembers Audie Murphy, D-Day

I’ve taped dozens of interviews with World War II veterans over the years and have always felt these memories need to be available for the public. Periodically I transcribe the tapes and post these on this blog. On June 6, … Continue reading

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