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My grandfather, Plase Greene, instilled in me a love of history and geography. We talked a lot about military history. It's what I remember most about him.
I would like to dedicate this page to him and all the other members of my family that served or are currently serving.
Plase Greene - my grandfather. He served in the Army with Co, F of the 113th field artillery of the 30th division in the early 1920's. My grandfather is circled in green in the above photo. His brother, Roosevelt "Belk" Greene, is circled in red.
Lonnie Esco Forren - my wife's grandfather. He served with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) during WWI in France.
William Cull "Dub" Crook - my great uncle. He served in the Army with the Eighth infantry division during WWII. He earned a Combat Infantry Badge and a Purple Heart from wounds received in Germany.
Henry Ross "Buck" Hargett - my great uncle. He served with the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) during WWII. Most of his time was spent at a base in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Lloyd Kay "Pet" Forren - my wife's second cousin. He served in the Army with Co. A 162nd regiment of the 41st division, the Jungleers. He was killed in action June 20, 1944, on Biak Island, New Guinea.
Freddie Esco Forren - my wife's uncle. He served in the Army with the Recon platoon of the 80th Division. He earned a Purple Heart for wounds received during an artillery barrage. In the first photo, Fred is shown in a German uniform during training exercises.
W. Wilson Graham - my uncle. He served in the Army with a medical unit in Korea during the war.
Elsie Greene Wilcox - my aunt. She served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Horace Helms - my uncle. He served in the Army, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He operated radar controlled anti-aircraft guns.
Andy Anderson - my uncle and a 30 year Marine. He entered the Marine Corps at the end of WWII and went to occupation duty in Japan. He later went to Korea where he earned three battle stars on his Korean War medal. He also did a tour in Vietnam in the mid-60's.
Joe Forren - my wife's father. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany in the early 60's.
Jason Crook - my nephew. He is currently serving in the Navy as an aircraft electrician.
Joseph Davenport - my son-in-law. He served eight years in the Navy as a Corpsman; three of those years were with the 2nd Marine Division. An Afghanistan veteran, he earned two battle stars on his Afghan campaign medal, two Purple Hearts, and a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor device.
Christopher "Bub" Crook - my son. He is currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves with Fox Company 4th Light Armoured Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion. He is an Afghanistan veteran and earned one battle star on his Afghan campaign medal.