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09/02/2020

Don Graves was with the 5th Marine Division in Hilo, Hawaii training for the upcoming invasion of Japan when the Japanese announced that they would surrender on August 14, 1945. Seventy-five years ago today, September 2, 1945 the surrender was signed in Tokyo Bay. In honor of VJ Day Don Graves tells about the moment when he heard the news that the war was over and they wouldn’t have to invade mainland Japan.

We got word this morning that we’ve lost another of our WW2 veterans, Dwayne Jose. Dwayne was a copilot on B-26 bombers ...
08/25/2020

We got word this morning that we’ve lost another of our WW2 veterans, Dwayne Jose. Dwayne was a copilot on B-26 bombers and flew 51 combat missions in Europe. One mission Dwayne told about involved crash landing with one engine shot out and nose gear not locked in. He went on to a very distinguished career with Bell Helicoptor. Dwayne was a very active member of our Roll Call family and will be greatly missed.

08/11/2020

The service for Fiske Hanley will be at Greenwood (White Settlement Road) on Saturday, Aug 15th. Visitation from 9-10, service at 10:00, burial after.

Not sure everyone will be allowed to attend. Watch for the obituary to come out.

It is with heavy heart that we share that Fiske Hanley passed away yesterday afternoon.  We will let you all know when, ...
08/10/2020

It is with heavy heart that we share that Fiske Hanley passed away yesterday afternoon. We will let you all know when, and if, there are any events to celebrate his life. Please keep his family in your prayers.

One of the greatest Americans ever! His stories were epic!

Fort Worth Airpower Council
08/09/2020

Fort Worth Airpower Council

Please click on the photo to see all of the information!!

Most of you all know this wonderful man very well!  He is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.  Once a Special ...
08/07/2020

Most of you all know this wonderful man very well! He is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Once a Special Prisoner of the Japanese in WWII. Fiske Haley turned 100 in January.

Like many of our Roll Call members, Fiske has been fairly isolated during the pandemic. While this keeps them safe from covid, it doesn’t give them the opportunity to get some exercise and socialize as they enjoy.

Fiske is not doing so well. Please keep him in your prayers. For our members, I will email the address to get them directly to him. For others, please mail to:

Roll Call
P.O. Box 35052
Fort Worth, TX 76162

Sadly, we lost another of our WWII Vets.  But not only was he a WWII vet, he was Korea, Vietnam and Cold War.  This obit...
08/05/2020

Sadly, we lost another of our WWII Vets. But not only was he a WWII vet, he was Korea, Vietnam and Cold War. This obituary is from Greenwood Funeral Home:

Robert William Cooper FORT WORTH--Colonel Robert W. Cooper, USAF, Ret. passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bob was born in Republic County, Kan., Oct. 22, 1922, and was raised in that area. He graduated from Belleville High School, class of 1941, Belleville, Kan. On Nov. 22, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Enlisted Reserve Corps, and he was called to active duty Feb. 2, 1943, to Basic Training at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., then to college training at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. He was then sent to San Antonio, Texas, Cadet Classification Center and entered the Central Flying Training Command. He received his pilot wings at Lubbock Army Air Base, Texas, with class of 44 D, April 15, 1944. Colonel Cooper's military career spanned over 34 years of active duty and encompassed World War II, The Korean Conflict, The Vietnam War, and The Cold War; 25 years of active duty was in the Strategic Air Command. His combat flying was in the B-24, B-29, B-52 and the C7A aircraft. He flew four combat tours, over 200 combat missions and over 7,000 hours in 25 types and models of aircraft. Colonel Cooper's last five assignments were Squadron Commander of the 7th Organizational Maintenance Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing Deputy for Maintenance, Vice Commander 97th Bomb Wing, Blytheville Air Force Base, Ark., Director of Logistics Plans at Headquarters Strategic Air Command and Director of Logistics 19th Air Division, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. Bob was a command pilot promoted to Colonel Aug. 20, 1968, and retired March 1, 1977, from Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas, during his career.

He was a member of United Methodist Church. Colonel Cooper was awarded the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and 19 other medals and ribbons. During Colonel Cooper's military service, he had multiple stateside assignments including Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Colorado, Arizona, North Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas and California. He was also sent to overseas bases in New Guinea, Owl Island, three different islands in the Philippines, le Shima, Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, Guam, England and Vietnam.

Members received an email with the address to send cards to his wife, Betty.

07/27/2020

Another tremendous loss in our family! Please pray for Dale's family! He served with distinction.

Dale Charles Ford MANSFIELD--Dale Charles Ford, 92, of Mansfield, Texas, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Dale was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Conneaut, Pa., to his parents, Lloyd and Golda Ford. Dale was a service member of the U.S. Navy and honorably served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. He was a veteran of the Korean War and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, Air Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal.

Dale was a graduate of Purdue University. He continued his aeronautical career as a flight test engineer for General Dynamics where he worked until his retirement.

For our membership, I just sent out his information on our August birthday listing. Cards can be sent to his wife, Shirley Ford at that address.

07/27/2020

Just got this information from a Roll Call Member. I'm sure other small businesses will close due to the virus. Thought it was important as many of our vets patronize this business.

Sad News! Buffalo West is closing. July 27, 2020 To Our Valued Guests: After many hours of reflection and consultation, we have decided to close the restaurant and retire. Mary, Chris and I would like to thank all of our dedicated guests and longtime customers for your unwavering support over the past 8 years. Thank you all once again. Stay Safe and Healthy, Paul McKinney Mary McKinney Chris Piekarski

07/24/2020

WWII Vet Drive by celebration! Mr. Ted Brewer will celebrate his 99th birthday on Tuesday, July 28th. Mr. Brewer was a 1st Sergeant (so you know near and dear to my heart!) in tanks in the Pacific, Philippines, etc. He was awarded 2 Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

Please come out and join in the parade past his house. Meet at the antigue mall on highway 377 in Benbrook at 5:30pm. This one is being done by the Benbrook American Legion

07/24/2020

Kara Martin, USMC Vet and Roll Call member, is asking for your support in her quest to be Ms. Veteran American. She is currently a finalist. See the information below for how you can help.

From Kara:

What Final Salute Inc. is looking for in the finals are the following:

-The most FB page likes

-The most Twitter followers

-Fundraising on FB (or in general)

-Activity in the community (speaking events in person or virtual, meet and greets, going to monuments, having live FB events)

-Spreading awareness and advocating for FSI (which can be done online and in person)

FB & Twitter:

The best way to help for the FB likes and Twitter followers is to share, share, and share. Statistically it works better when you post a comment when you share. More people are more likely to actually go find the pages.

Respectfully,

Karalyn (Kara) Martin

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100024891612716&__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARDpwOhtnNtWYxSzdrIRvWOaSoEGwbxYsYHC8tiBXCLqrDQt9NrzaYN-5TVeXN8L3uUWA6C2g1k4fKPl&hc_ref=ARRMQVZChWJol66l4v0h1uMLFMAW4nL0U7voY17Nl3z8BywxJDti238-sys2cyeZ8ek&fref=nf

07/18/2020

On Iwo Jima navy Corsairs gave close in air support and Don was a witness to the hazards involved.

07/17/2020

A little update on Don Graves.

07/12/2020

As a reminder, we have another drive by birthday for a WWII vet tomorrow. Please meet up at Ed Wilkie Middle School at 6129 Texas Shriner Dr, Fort Worth at 5:45pm. The intent is to parade by the house at 6pm.

Drive by 100th Birthday celebration for WWII Veteran Bill McIntyre this morning!  Thanks to Lorna Paden for some great p...
07/12/2020

Drive by 100th Birthday celebration for WWII Veteran Bill McIntyre this morning! Thanks to Lorna Paden for some great pictures!

07/05/2020

It is with a heavy heart that we have lost 2 of our precious veterans!

Homer Cox, WWII, just turned 103 last week. Homer served in the Army in the 2nd Infantry division/Battle of the Bulge in Europe. He landed at Omaha Beach on the 2nd day of the invasion. It was very recent so we are still gathering information on services.

James Bressert passed on 28 Jun. James is a Korean War vet who served in the Navy from 1950-1970. He and his lovely wife, Harriet, seldom missed a luncheon. His service was kept very quiet.

I will email information out to our membership shortly on where to send cards. Those not part of our membership who wish to send cards can send them to:

Roll Call
(Note who they are for)
P.O. Box 35052
Fort Worth, TX 76162

WWII Veteran George Cooper had a huge need for some work on his trailer.  The Roll Call family came together a few weeks...
06/26/2020

WWII Veteran George Cooper had a huge need for some work on his trailer. The Roll Call family came together a few weeks ago and cleared debris so Mike, and his team, from Massey Pest Control could come out and take care of an ant problem for him. They did this at no charge to Mr. Cooper!

Once that was complete, it was time to get one of the two needed ramps completed. We still need to build another ramp and do some work to the actual trailer itself.

Take a look at the before and after photos!

Our membership knows how much the Fort Worth Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Cowtown Chapter, has done for Roll ...
06/26/2020

Our membership knows how much the Fort Worth Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Cowtown Chapter, has done for Roll Call over the years! Last year they donated $13,500 to support our membership! Let's all do something to return that by participating, if you can, in their upcoming raffle. Their efforts have been seriously impacted by the pandemic. Every little bit helps!

See the flyer for information!

So this happened yesterday! Retired! Sad and happy all at one time. Hard to not be there to take care of Airmen but good...
06/26/2020

So this happened yesterday! Retired! Sad and happy all at one time. Hard to not be there to take care of Airmen but good to move on after over 22 years of dedicated service (Active Duty 1978-1986 and Reserve 2005-2020)! I have been blessed to be able to serve the last 7 years as a First Sergeant where my whole mission was to be the voice of the enlisted members!

Missed out on my retirement ceremony that was supposed to be May 2nd but COVID-19 shut that down. Rescheduled for Sep 12th as of now. We will see!

Seventy years ago today N Korea invaded S Korea. The United States jumped into another war just five years after WW2 end...
06/25/2020

Seventy years ago today N Korea invaded S Korea. The United States jumped into another war just five years after WW2 ended. Often called the Forgotten War, it’s not forgotten by 38,000 families who lost loved ones nor is it forgotten by our Roll Call veterans. Jim Sharp, Bill Swain, and Gerald Brown are some of our Korean War vets. Although a cease fire ended the fighting in 1953, to this day the United States stands guard to ensure S Korea remains free.

I'm a bit behind on sharing some losses we found out earlier this month.  Please keep this great WWII veteran in your pr...
06/17/2020

I'm a bit behind on sharing some losses we found out earlier this month.

Please keep this great WWII veteran in your prayers!

Edward Parrott
Left us on Friday, June 5, 2020, at his home.
Ed was born March 18, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to Edward A. Parrott and Alma Josephine Sterbenz. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946 as an airplane mechanic. He was proud to be a World War II veteran. On Sept. 18, 1948, he married Marion Carolyn Laughlin in Kansas City, Mo. Four children followed over the next 10 years. Marion died Jan. 13, 1999. Ed was a salesman his entire working life. His salesman's personality and infectious smile touched the hearts of everyone he met. He worked in Kansas City through the 1960s, in Toledo, Ohio, and Muskegon, Mich., during the 1970s, then in Fort Worth, Texas, until his retirement. He adopted Texas in his heart and never left. After retirement, he took flying lessons that led to the purchase of a 1946 Ercoupe aircraft. He flew out of Northwest Regional Airport, loved spending many hours working on the plane and making friends for the next 15 years. On Sept. 22, 2001, he married the second love of his life, Carol Joan Horn Lane. They enjoyed many years of laughs, good friends and good food.

I'm a bit behind on sharing some losses we found out earlier this month.  Please keep this great WWII veteran in your pr...
06/17/2020

I'm a bit behind on sharing some losses we found out earlier this month.

Please keep this great WWII veteran in your prayers!

James Lee
Left us on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, surrounded by his loving children.
James was born in the O.K. Community near O'Donnell, Texas, on December 10, 1926 to Rita Belle (Greenlee) and Judson Warren Lee. His mother was later married to A.W. Reed who continued James' upbringing in West Texas. James married Hazel Juanita Lee on November 4, 1949. Together they raised two children. James had a love of country and served in the Navy toward the end of WW2 as a Quartermaster 3rd Class Petty Officer. After the military, James returned to his education and graduated from Abilene Christian College. He was a natural salesman having owned an insurance firm in Dallas before branching off into other entrepreneurial ventures, including Salado Press, his publishing company. He became a college teacher in the late 1980s and sailed the world in the US Navy's PACE program; his experiences are chronicled in one of his books, Five Years at Sea. Although he was a man of many interests, he always sought to serve and share the Lord in whatever endeavor he undertook. He was a man after God's heart.

I'm a bit behind on sharing some losses we found out earlier this month.  Please keep this great WWII veteran in your pr...
06/17/2020

I'm a bit behind on sharing some losses we found out earlier this month.

Please keep this great WWII veteran in your prayers!

Joe Hudson
Left us on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Joe was born June 9, 1919 in Brock, Texas to Jodie Frank and Lula Dee Clack Hudson. He retired from Gulf Oil after 36 dedicated years. Joe was a strong and courageous soldier that was proud to have served in the US Army during WWII, despite being a POW for 19 months in a German prison camp. (Joe landed at Salerno Sep 9th, 1943 and was captured just 4 days later.) In his later years he enjoyed drinking coffee with his buddies and doing some carpentry work.

Roll Call  members Rick Irving, Fiske Hanley and Roll Call President Mark Donahew were invited by the White House to att...
06/13/2020

Roll Call members Rick Irving, Fiske Hanley and Roll Call President Mark Donahew were invited by the White House to attend President Trump's Round Table meeting in Dallas on Thursday. Fiske Hanley gave a copy of his book Accused American War Criminal to White House staff members who passed it on to the President. Most of the members of the Texas congressional delegation attending the meeting talked with Fiske and had their picture made with him. We are certain at 100 years old Fiske was the oldest person at the meeting.

The Combat Vets Motorcyle Association has been very good to the Roll Call family.  Let’s show our support for one of our...
06/06/2020
Stephens Family organized by Natasha Lady Stamp

The Combat Vets Motorcyle Association has been very good to the Roll Call family. Let’s show our support for one of our own!

FAMILY - the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children.T… Natasha Lady Stamp needs your support for Stephens Family

06/04/2020

I got to have lunch today with Fiske Hanley, B-29 flight engineer. Fiske and his copilot were the only two to get out of the plane when they were shot down March 27, 1945. Fiske weighed 74 pounds when he was liberated August 29. His book Accused American War Criminal is back in print.

Keep Allen West in your prayers tonight!  He was injured in a motorcycle accident outside Waco and is in the hospital in...
05/24/2020

Keep Allen West in your prayers tonight! He was injured in a motorcycle accident outside Waco and is in the hospital in Waco.

05/23/2020

Had a great lunch at West Side Cafe! Tracey and his team are awesome! Support our local businesses always but even more now!

And Tracey is one of our fabulous Roll Call vets!

05/23/2020

So today was my last day on base for a little while. I have 2 duty days left in June before I retire. My retirement ceremony was cancelled due to COVID. After 22 years it’s very difficult to not have that closure and share it with my family and friends. I hope to reschedule it for August or September if things improve. My actual retirement date is 24 June. I have been a member of the 301st Fighter Wing for 15 years. I came back in after a nearly 20 year break from active duty. I have been blessed by the many I have had the pleasure of serving with and for. I will post more later and share some photos.

Please remember that, while Memorial Day is a great time to enjoy a trip to the lake, a barbecue, etc., it is truly about honoring those who came before us! Those who gave their lives for our freedoms. Freedom is NOT free!

Mary
VP, Roll Call

Many hands make the work easier!  We had a work day at George Cooper’s (WWII Vet) place, Thursday, 14 May.   Massey Pest...
05/20/2020

Many hands make the work easier! We had a work day at George Cooper’s (WWII Vet) place, Thursday, 14 May. Massey Pest Control is preparing to come out and do a service on the property for us and then we will have another work day to do some work on the trailer! Thanks to all who were able to come out and help.

05/09/2020

Reaching out to ask for help/suggestions. We have a WWII vet in the Benbrook area who is in need of pest control very soon. Ants, maybe termites. We would love to find him someone willing to donate services but if not, at least get us a good price so we can raise some funds to cover the costs. Please email [email protected] if you know anyone who would be willing to help!

We need to do some repairs on his trailer home but need to take care of the pests first. Thank you all!

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Zoom session "Helos Hueys in the jungle" We're planning a Zoom session on May 12 at 1130, hope you can "attend". The speaker is Milan Georgia who was in Viet Nam 1970-71 flying the Huey with the 116th AHC in "Charlie" model Gun Ships with the Gun platoon. While in VN Milan earned: 2 Bronze Stars, 2 purple hearts, 2 Army Commendation medals, 17 air medals. He will be speaking about his experience flying the Huey gun ship in VN, hope to see you then. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to [email protected] & we'll send you the link, seating is limited LoL.
I'm planning a LineBacker II forum program May 21 in Ft. Worth, so far I have pilots & BNs from B-52, A-6 & F-105 participating in the forum but I'm still looking for more LBII vets, so if you or someone you know are LBII vets, please contact me or ask your friends to contact me.
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PEOPLE ASK MY WHO ARE MY HEROES ADRENALINE MAN ? I AM WHO I AM BECAUSE OF MEN AND WOMEN LIKE THIS,,,HERE THEY ARE JUST SOME ! EVERY SINGLE US MILITARY VETERAN PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE..I AM HONORED TO BE INVITED TO ROLL CALL https://www.facebook.com/RollCallFTW/ AT https://www.facebook.com/birchmanorg/ Birchman Baptist Church, EVERY MONTH ROLL CALL GIVES HONOR AND LUNCH TO OUR US VETERANS AND HEROES FROM WORLD WAR II, KOREAN WAR, VIETNAM , GULF WARS AND MORE,I COME FROM A MILITARY BACKGROUND AND IT IS PRIORITY AMERICA WE PAY HONOR AND RESPECT TO OUR US MILITARY ALL AROUND THE WORLD ESPECIALLY AMERICA FIRST ! I HAVE BEEN WAKING UP UNDER THE BANNER OF FREEDOM VETERANS HAVE PROVIDED FOR OVER 388 YEARS FREEDOM ISN'T FREE ITS BEEN PAID FOR BY THE BLOOD OF OUR US MILITARY ! YOU NEVER TAKE A KNEE OR DISRESPECT OUR UNITED STATES FLAG ! MOVE OUT OF USA WE WILL HELP YOU GET OUT ! HERE WE START WITH PRAYER ,WE STAND AT SALUTE FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM, SAY PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ! GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR VETERANS ,U.S MILITARY FIRST REPONDERS PRESIDENT TRUMP , ROLL CALL , BIRCHMAN BAPTIST CHURCH F.W TEXAS .HERE ARE A FEW PICTURE FROM A WEEK AGO LAST FRIDAY JAN 31 2020,SORRY FOR LATE POST I BEEN AWAY WORKING.ROLL CALL MISSION STATEMENT VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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This is an amazing organization bringing veterans together for support and fellowship.