Memorial pillars on track

Veterans Jim Cowman and Leon Morris discuss where to place a set of pillars honoring those from Curry County who died in the nation’s wars outside the Clovis-Carver Library on Thursday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth.

By Darrell Todd Maurina

The money has been pledged, the plans have been set, and Clovis is on track to have a set of pillars honoring those from Curry County who died in the nation’s wars built by Memorial Day.
But first, the Joint Veterans Council of Clovis needs to get an accurate list.
Compiling those names hasn’t been easy. In early December, council member Jim Cowman had a list of 126 names — one who died in a 1916 expedition following border raids by Pancho Villa, nine from World War I, 105 from World War II, five from the Korean War, and six from the Vietnam War. Now, Cowman said the list has grown to 158 names.
“Ever since we started publishing this, we’ve been getting more names,” Cowman said.
Council president Leon Morris said it’s important to have a list of names in a public place.
“Being a veteran myself, I think all veterans should be recognized in any way we can. This is a way for the surviving veterans to honor those who gave the supreme sacrifice,” Morris said. “Right now, there is no place in Curry County where someone can go and see the names displayed of those who died for our freedom.”
The project envisioned by the Joint Veterans Council will place four pillars in a memorial park that already exists on the south side of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Space will be left for two more pillars commemorating those who may die in future wars.
Because of the large number of World War II dead — the National Guard unit from Clovis had been mobilized to assist in the Philippines and many of its members died in the Bataan Death March or in subsequent Japanese prison camps — the war dead will be listed chronologically across the pillars rather than having one pillar dedicated to each war.
Earlier estimates showed the cost for the memorial would be $7,000 to build four pillars, engrave the names, and install a plaque that was originally placed on the old city library in 1945. However, Cowman said revised cost figures show the project can be done for $6,500 — $1,000 for the plaque and $5,500 for the pillars.
Cowman said he wants to make sure the money used for veterans comes from veterans and to keep the Memorial Day unveiling ceremony focusing on the veterans.
“If this council wants to invite the governor, that’s fine; if this council wants to invite the mayor that’s fine, but they are here as our guests, no speeches from them, this is our show,” Cowman said.

Clovis war veterans remembered

1916 Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa
Everett Fitzhugh

World War I
William Galloway
Glen Harris
Henry “Tex” Huff
Charles Ledbetter
Dean Lucas
Glen Snodderly
Rayne Vivard
Charles Williams
Charles Wilson

World War II
Bob Anthony
John H. Austin
Bob Balch
Harold W. Barber
Lloyd D. Beach
John F. Beall
Clarence Arless Bell
Millard Bell
Glen W. Bishop
Billie M. Black
Ben F. Bourne Jr.
Thomas Bowman
Claude V. Bridges
Robert Brightman
Bonnie Melton Brizendine
T.B. Bryant
Bernard Philip Buford
Raford E. Burdine
J.B. Byars
Joe P. Casillas
Albert Chalk
Dean R. Chalk
Robert Ronald Cox
Millard Everett Conley
Albert Crump Jr.
Austin J. Curtis
Garth A. Dahinden
Walter Leo Daly
Ernest A. Damon
Earl Grey Davidson
Lorain W. Davis
Jonie B. Degraftenreid
Henry Drake
George B. Duke
Vernon Dunn
John Martin Eastridge
Aval Eldridge
James Lee Elrod
Jack G. Erwin
Calvin D. Flaming
Leon Z. Fought
Joe C. Garcia
Richard H. Gien
Richard Harold Glen
Junior Gore
Doyle R. Greathouse
Julian E. Griego
Luis Gutierrez
Hubert G. Hall
Milus L. Hall
Robert E. Halstead
Paul Hammonds
Willis L. Hardcastle
Claude Haws
Joseph E. Henry
Ollie J. “Jake” Hill
Otto T. Hill
Luther Hines
John W. Hodges Jr.
Aubrey C. Holland
James D. Jackson
Faustino Jaques
Laurel Kenneth Johnson
Kyle V. Johnson
Roy Johnson
Melvin Johnston
Robert D. Jones
Fred Jordan
Stephen Dence Justice
Marshall Edward Kelly
Emory A. “Andy” Kemper
Roy Lee
Walter L. Lee
William E. Lenden
Herman Lewis
Max W. “Jackie” Lewis
Dan M. Love
Jack B. Love
John C. Luikart
Glen Thurston Maltby
B.A. Marquez
William McCormack
Olen L. McCormick
Carrol E. McMillan
Douglas Wilson Miller
Max Miller
Glendell L. Monk
Clarence W. Morris
John David Moss
Albert Moss
Harold Myers
W.A. Nelson
Floyd C. Northcutt
Enoch C. Oliver
J. Randol Osborne
Cecil Pearson
William A. Price
William E. Price
Sam Prince
Donald L. Pruett
John E. Reynolds
Arthur W. Robbins
Robert L. Rodgers
Wayne C. Rodgers
Carroll F. Rodgers
Harry Arnold Rogers
Ralph Ross Jr.
Oscar A. Ruckman
Jeff D. Ruckman
Bert C. Sanders
Joe Schovanec
Karl W. Schroeder
Ivan L. Sears
Ralph D. Shelton
John S. Shields Jr.
Ray Clinton Shoemate
Alva Simmons
Charles A. Skeen
George T. Smalley
Burney H. Smith
J. M. Smith Jr.
Saul G. Spilker
Russell J. Stone
Roy S. Swain
Charles Byron Thomas
French Lee Thomas Jr.
William D. Talley
Rosendo C. Torres
Edward O. Trapp
Joseph A. Valien
Calvin E. Whitley
Clark J. Wicks Jr.
C.A. Wiggins
Harry Williams
Jake Willoughby
Gleason Wood
Frank Young

Korean War
Richard Louis Albright
Fred B. Fickel
Lee R. Martinez
T.S. Moore
Charlie D. Quintana
Darrel Otto Smith

Vietnam War
Jimmy Ross Hohstadt
Daniel Tiofilio Martinez
Freddie Joe Roberts
Ruben Rubio
David Louis Stoll
Harvie Perry Winkles III

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, Clovis News Journal files, Curry County Historian Don McAlavy, Jim Cowman, Joint Veterans Council, National Archives, Secretary of Defense.