Veterans Day 2011 Part 3 (A look back at World War 1)

I was born in Tennessee and everyone in Tennessee knows the name of Alvin York. Above is a clip about his accomplishments in War World I.

Cara Gist of Shannon Hills tells me that her grandfather Herbert S. Apple of Salado, Arkansas (near Batesville) fought in World War I. He served in France and fought in the trenches. Apple was actually a victim of a mustard gas attack by the Germans. Also he  was wounded by machine gun fire in both the hip and back and stayed in a military hospital in New Mexico for two years. He later went back to his farm and raised chickens until his death while in his seventies. 

Cara’s husband Alan said his father served in World War II. Charles E. Gist was born on January 7, 1919 in Solgahachia, Arkansas. He served in the US Army, 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43 rd Bombardment Group. At one point the plane he was traveling in was shot down and had to make an emergency landing. He was honorably discharged on July 22, 1945 at Camp Chafee, and later he married and went to work at Little Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

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