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Roll Call We "Honor and serve our local veterans by providing a regular venue for fellowship & comradery, providing outreach & home visitation services and more.
501 (c) (19) which is special designation for veteran non-profit organization. IRS EIN 81-4297002
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02/15/2020

Update on United States Marine Lt. General Pitman:
Taps:
LtGen. Pitman passed away yesterday at around 3 PM surrounded by his two daughters, Mary and Nancy, and his caretaker, Tami.
There will be a Celebration of LtGen Charles “Chuck” Pitman’s incomparable life in the auditorium in Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas (southeast corner of Love Field, across the street from Sewell Infiniti)
From 1300 to 1500 on Wednesday 19 February 2020

02/14/2020

It saddens me to say we lost another of our great veterans last Sunday. Stan Luce, USAF veteran. His visitation will be Feb 16th at Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home, 4216 South Bowen Rd, Arlington, 76016, from 6 to 8 pm. His Committal Service will be at DFW National Cemetery on Feb 17th from 12:30-1pm.

Roll Call family, sometime back I had solicited help from you for a book to be written for a gentleman who was killed in...
02/10/2020
Blood of my Brother

Roll Call family, sometime back I had solicited help from you for a book to be written for a gentleman who was killed in Afghanistan. The book was to contain a chapter or two of inspirational quotes and or stories from yourselves if you so desired to contribute, that one day, the son, Lil Ben could read. I have posted a link to the website where you can leave your stories. When Lil Ben teaches the age of 21 the book and the proceeds will be turned over to him in memory of his father. Please take the time to contribute.

https://bloodofmybrother.us/

The Journey of Lil' Ben's Gun

02/10/2020

Don Graves tells his spider trap story on Iwo Jima.

21 Unaccompanied Veterans Laid to Restat Dallas Fort Worth National CemeteryCommunity members are invited to pay their r...
02/04/2020
VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

21 Unaccompanied Veterans Laid to Rest
at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery

Community members are invited to pay their respects
to these American heroes during this special memorial service.

WHAT: Unaccompanied Veterans Memorial Service

WHEN: February 6, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Shelter C
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

BACKGROUND:

These 21 Veterans, referred to as Unaccompanied Veterans, are former service members whose next of kin is unknown or loved ones cannot attend their service. Burial arrangements have been made by a public administrator, a VA medical center, or some other authorized entity.

“Every Veteran with honorable service has earned the right to be interred in a national cemetery and has paid the price by their service to this great nation,” said Larry Williams, Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery director. “We encourage the community to join us as we pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation. It simply is the right thing for us to do.”

Open to the public, the memorial service includes military funeral honors with the playing of “Taps” and the presentation of a folded American flag.

“No Veteran is buried alone,” said Williams. “Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery staff is present at every single burial and committal service. We become their family in that moment and ensure each service member who passes through our gates receives the proper tribute.”

The community is invited to pay respects to 21 Veterans. Korea, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Veterans from the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps will be honored.
Located in Dallas, the 638-acre Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery opened in 2000. Since that time, the cemetery has conducted more than 61,000 interments of Veterans and eligible dependents.

Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable by law and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty under certain circumstances or who die while on training duty are also eligible for burial, as are service members and former service members who were eligible for retired pay at the time of their death. Spouses, minor children and, under certain conditions, dependent unmarried adult children are also eligible for burial even if they predecease the Veteran. For more information, call 800-535-1117 or visit www.cem.va.gov.

Apply for and manage the VA benefits and services you’ve earned as a Veteran, Servicemember, or family member—like health care, disability, education, and more.

02/02/2020

Don Graves describes closing a cave on Iwo Jima.

We had a great meeting at Roll Call. Thanks to all the volunteers and donors who make these meetings possible for our Ve...
02/01/2020

We had a great meeting at Roll Call. Thanks to all the volunteers and donors who make these meetings possible for our Veterans!

We had a great meeting at Roll Call. Thanks to all the volunteers and donors who make these meetings possible for our Veterans!

We had a fabulous luncheon today with nearly 400 veterans, family, and friends!  If you haven't made a lunch yet and are...
02/01/2020
New & Coming Soon – Brown Books Publishing Group

We had a fabulous luncheon today with nearly 400 veterans, family, and friends! If you haven't made a lunch yet and are interested in more information, please email [email protected]!

Fiske Hanley, one of our fabulous WWII veterans and a former POW, has the update of his book out on 18 February. This is one you need to get! Don't go to Amazon! Get it directly at:

https://www.brownbooks.com/new-coming-soon/

That way you also help some great organizations through proceeds from the book that are donated!

Roll Call presented a certificate of recognition to Mr. Jearl Walker, WWII Navy Veteran who turned 100 yesterday.  Stude...
01/30/2020

Roll Call presented a certificate of recognition to Mr. Jearl Walker, WWII Navy Veteran who turned 100 yesterday. Students from Wayside Middle School made him cards that we delivered. We are blessed to have so many great Americans who were willing to serve!

01/29/2020

Sending out a request for a fellow veteran from Houston. His name is Patrick Pratt. He is a combat veteran from Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait. He is working on a personal project (Honor Wall) for himself and his family. He is suffering from Gulf War Syndrome and this is a dream of his to see through and help him heal. See his message below:

“For 40 years I have had the dream to visit the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific but have not had a chance. If your family had someone who served in WWII and would send me a photo with veterans name, unit and photo location on the back, I would be honored. Send by regular mail to:

Patrick Pratt
15823 Camp Fire Rd
Friendswood, Texas 77546

Questions:
[email protected]

Thank you and I would be greatly honored. Jump school 87. 2nd Armored Division”

Please share with anyone who may be able to help him out!

Share with anyone you know that might benefit from this!
01/29/2020

Share with anyone you know that might benefit from this!

01/27/2020

Please help us celebrate the 100th birthday of another of our wonderful Fort Worth veterans! Please send cards to:

Mr. Jearl Walker
4109 Westridge Ave
Apt 217
Fort Worth, TX 76116

His birthday is coming up quickly (Wednesday, January 29th!) so if you can drop cards in the mail today or tomorrow that would be perfect! If not, any day this week would be great!

Let's show him all the love we can!

Feel free to share!

01/22/2020

Our January luncheon is over 100% full. We, unfortunately, cannot take any more reservations for the luncheon. We would love to see new members out at our February luncheon. Feel free to email Mary Staffeld, VP, at [email protected] to get a new member form to get on the email list for future luncheons.

01/22/2020
The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation

Forwarding on behalf of event organizers:

You are invited to a very special event that will include a Meet and Greet with Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams and a live auction to benefit the Keller Gold Star Family Monument. The event will take place on Friday, January 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Bowden Event Center (1775 Keller Pkwy in Keller). The live auction will be run by auctioneer Myers Jackson. A cash bar and appetizers will be available.

As most of you already know, 96-year old Woody Williams received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He is one of only 71 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor in combat. He’s also one of only two living recipients from World War II, so we’re very appreciative that he would join us for the evening. Most people never get to meet a Medal of Honor recipient so this is your chance to meet one of the most admired recipients who is still with us. If you haven’t watch this video, I highly recommend it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyI5c_2meTo

You will be able to get your picture taken with the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

The event is posted on their page: https://www.facebook.com/events/508127016342248/

This video is about Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and efforts in honoring Gold Star Families through the establishment of Gold Star Fami...

01/19/2020

We have a vet that needs a ride to the luncheon and back home. She lives in Grapevine. If you can help out, please let me know! She will appreciate it!

01/17/2020

Our January luncheon is not too far off! Newsletters are out. Please ensure you RSVP by the deadline so we can ensure we have as accurate a count as we can. We can only take 325 per fire code. Our number is in the high 200s now!

If you are not currently receiving our newsletters (haven’t officially signed up), please email me at [email protected] so I can send you a new attendee form.

Our program focuses on Vietnam, a new Tarrant County Vietnam Memorial in the works, and more! We will be presenting pins and certificates to those Vietnam Era vets who have not yet received them.

I stopped by to visit Roll Call WW2 veteran Lee Wreyford today. Lee drove landing craft in the Philippines and Okinawa i...
01/17/2020

I stopped by to visit Roll Call WW2 veteran Lee Wreyford today. Lee drove landing craft in the Philippines and Okinawa invasions while serving on the attack transport USS Haskell. He introduced me to his Marine buddy Joseph Gott. Mr Gott served in the 1st Marine Division and landed on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942. The marines on the “Canal” barely held on for months fighting off Japanese troops while undergoing nighttime bombardments by Japanese ships. Sometimes US ships would fight night battles while the marines had a ringside seat and then the next morning dead sailors from sunken ships would wash up on the beach. Mr Gott went on to fight on Peleliu and Okinawa.

01/12/2020

Check out the Lone Star Republic Militaria Show next weekend!
Sat & Sun, 18-19 Jan
Dallas Market Hall
2200 N. Stemmons Fwy

7 Great American World War II Veterans from the Greatest Generation at Fiske Hanley's 100th Birthday Celebration.
01/12/2020

7 Great American World War II Veterans from the Greatest Generation at Fiske Hanley's 100th Birthday Celebration.

Roll Call Member and WWII Veteran celebrated his 100th Birthday with friends at Heim Barbecue
01/12/2020

Roll Call Member and WWII Veteran celebrated his 100th Birthday with friends at Heim Barbecue

Roll Call Member and WWII Veteran celebrated his 100th Birthday with friends at Heim Barbecue

I challenge ALL friends to send Fiske a Birthday Card. Share this and make it go viral!
12/23/2019

I challenge ALL friends to send Fiske a Birthday Card.
Share this and make it go viral!

Fiske Hanley, a Veteran of World War II, will turn 100 years young, and I mean, young, on January 14, 2020. That's right - he was born in 1920 and served as an Army Air Corps B-29 Flight Engineer. He was shot down by the Japanese on March 27, 1945 and was a POW for months. He is an incredible man, full of history, heroism and laughter. We have had the honor of spending time with him at military functions and he will love getting cards from all over.

Please, send him a birthday card to help him celebrate his
100th birthday.

There was another WWII Veteran who lives in north Texas and he asked for 100 cards for his 100th birthday - he received 100,000 cards!!! Let's do the same for Fiske!

Send cards and words of thanks and congratulations to

Fiske Hanley
C/O Fort Worth Air Power Council
PO Box 8728
Fort Worth, Texas 76124

I challenge ALL friends to do this. Share this and make it go viral!

You may also like to make a donation to the Airpower Foundation in honor of this Great American Hero Fiske Hanley!

Roll Call took BJ Shepherd out to speak with students at Breckinridge High School. On the way back we stopped in Graham,...
12/21/2019

Roll Call took BJ Shepherd out to speak with students at Breckinridge High School. On the way back we stopped in Graham, Tx and checked out the town square. BJ was raised around Graham and posed at the very place that he caught the bus that took him to the induction center for the U S Navy in November 1943. The memorial has the names of BJ and four brothers who served in WW2 and Korea, an uncle who served in WW1, and on the KIA portion for WW2 is Jr. Wheat, a boy BJ went to school with. Jr was killed on Okinawa while serving in the US Marines. He was killed on BJ’s 20th birthday, June 17, 1945. BJ was on the destroyer USS Picking and bombarded Okinawa as well as fought off kamikazes. BJ will tell you that one kamikaze they knocked down close aboard looked like it was going to fly right down the gun barrel of his 40mm gun. BJ also showed us a house where he worked milking cows in 1937. He and his brother Jack would sleep in a wagon under a tree and got paid $5/week.

12/21/2019

I'm sad to say we lost another of our truly amazing veterans.
Robert "Bob" Pfeifer, Sr, Vietnam Veteran, passed away at his home on 17 December. He is the nephew of another of our members, Ed Graham.

Services will be at:
Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville
Dallas, TX
Visitation is 21 Dec, 4-6pm
Celebration Service is 22 Dec, at 11am

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery

Fiske speaks at the “100 Vets who Give a Damn” meeting recently!  Great to see how much we support each other in our dif...
12/08/2019

Fiske speaks at the “100 Vets who Give a Damn” meeting recently! Great to see how much we support each other in our different ways to support all of our incredible veterans!

12/08/2019

The funeral service for Max Halliburton will be on Wed, 11 Dec at 1300 at the National Cemetery. If attending, please get there at least 15 minutes early and use lane 3. He will surely be missed! Let’s show his family some love at this difficult time.

12/08/2019

The Keller Area Veterans Brunch/Meeting is this Friday, 13 Dec at 0930 at the Keller Sunny Street Cafe. Louis Seldon is the POC if you wish to get more information. You don’t have to live in Keller to attend.

Another Great Veterans Luncheon at Roll Call.
12/07/2019

Another Great Veterans Luncheon at Roll Call.

Another Great Veterans Luncheon at Roll Call.

11/28/2019

Happy thanksgiving to our Roll Call family! Can’t wait to see you all on 6 December at the next luncheon!

One of our great veterans, Fred Purser, has been battling a health issue.  He is currently doing much, much better.  He ...
11/26/2019

One of our great veterans, Fred Purser, has been battling a health issue. He is currently doing much, much better. He is at a rehab facility in Weatherford. If you would like to stop by and visit for a bit, let me know and I will email you the information!

I took Don Graves to the VA clinic in Ft Worth today and ran into two Roll Call WW2 vets. Don Kropp was in the 35th Divi...
11/26/2019

I took Don Graves to the VA clinic in Ft Worth today and ran into two Roll Call WW2 vets. Don Kropp was in the 35th Division in France. He was captured by the Germans twice and escaped twice. Harold Meeker was a Marine Corps pilot flying F4U Corsairs. He was shot down once in the Pacific and twice in Korea. He also crash landed four times because his plane was shot up so bad.

11/24/2019

We had another great luncheon this past Friday as you can see from all the great pictures posted! The December luncheon is on the 6th. We are at 260 RSVPs as of today. Fire code is 325 so please rsvp if you have not already soon. If you need more information and are not currently a member you can email [email protected] for more info or see our webpage at www.roll-call.org

These are just a few of the Granbury ISD students who to serve our veterans at our November luncheon!  They are incredib...
11/24/2019

These are just a few of the Granbury ISD students who to serve our veterans at our November luncheon! They are incredible young people who respect our great vets. So many comments about how they thanked vets for their service and listened to their stories! They even stayed until the very end to ensure the place was cleaned up and ready to go! So many thanks to Rhonda Naylor and the school for sharing these young people! They know how to raise them right!

We lost another great veteran this week.  Lloyd Max Halliburton passed at home on Friday, 22 Nov.  He was a Vietnam Vet ...
11/24/2019

We lost another great veteran this week. Lloyd Max Halliburton passed at home on Friday, 22 Nov. He was a Vietnam Vet who served this country with dignity and honor. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

11/24/2019
Operation Meatball

Just some of the fun things that we do at Roll Call - the monthly luncheon for Veterans in Fort Worth.

BJ and “Red” are the cutest. And always the last to leave Roll Call every month, so that means little impromptu concerts. 😆😍

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PRAYING for the crew and passengers. Collins foundation B17 G "Nine O Nine" crash today !
I am trying to locate "Roy" from the Dallas Area involved with Roll Call. We met at the Auction in Ft. Worth for Texas Flip n' Move. You came to my home and I gave all my fathers information and memories to. I was to write up information on my father for you. I have found his obituary write up. I lost all my contacts and phone numbers in my phones (gotta love puppies no matter she is 17 months she is a adolescent horror at the moment). Roy, PLEASE contact me! Ali/Allene
Remember, every book I sell through my web site or via my bookstore book signing events, $1:00 is donated to Roll-Call FTW. Up until the end of 2018, I had donated for 4 years to the Daughters of WW2 several hundred dollars. I have now swtitched that donation this year to Roll-Call FTW. The book's Foreword is written by Major General James Williams US Marine Corps (Ret) and also endorsed by Mike Baker ex CIA operations officer, and Fox News contributor, who said it's factual and accurate and you can't put it down. Here is the web site
This is an amazing organization bringing veterans together for support and fellowship.
We still have room for some vendors and service providers at our event in Mineral Wells on June 1st. Email me at [email protected] of call me at 817-579-4489 for additional information.
WELCOME TO AMERICA AGAIN
If you are in town this weekend, you might enjoy this event with James Madio and Mark Lawrence from BAND OF BROTHERS, and also hear Chris Langwah (Dallas Police officer and grandson of Doc Roe) discuss his book, HOW EASY COMPANY BECAME A BAND OF BROTHERS. Please share with your DFW area friends and with the Roll Call Community. Thanks, and hope to see you there.
Three boys from Belgium visited Roll Call's Carmin Gisi recently. Days before the trip to the USA they went to Bastogne to pick up some Battle of the Bulge memorabilia for their Uncle ( Me BB LOL) They had heard and seen pictures and video taken at the RC Luncheons which I shared with them through the net. There first priority coming here was to meet these Heroes who fought in our Europe to free the world of Nazi terrorism. They also got to meet Richard Tex Stanley of the 3d Army and face timed my nice their Mom so she could see the men with her sons. They brought Belgian pralines to show there appreciation for their sacrifice so many years ago. It was the highlight of their trip. Roll Call where history speaks.