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                      World War I

World War I (WWI or WW1) also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war (including the victims of a number of genocides), a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and the tactical stalemate caused by grueling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, and paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.  


For the first time in American History, our nation joined a global effort for freedom. Men and women from all walks of life and ethnicitities joined the armed forces of the United States of America to fight on foreign soil for someone else's freedom. These young people came from the farms and ranches of Live Oak County, Texas just as others came from the East Coast to the West Coast, and from the North to the South. Below are the names of those who at the war's end were discharged from their service in WWI from Live Oak County:


Clarence S. Armantrout      Leslie B. Guthrie              Ismael Martinez

Francisco Baldobi               Gus Hahn                        Willie D. Miller

Marcellous Bartlett             Ben C. Ham                     Otis Montgomery

Donald D. Baucom             Ephriam R. Harris             Florentino Munoz

Fred H. Bradshaw              William M. Harrison           Wayne Nance

Gonzage Brizano                Byron E. Herring               Gerhard C. Ohlendorf

Henry C. Brown                  Leon A. Hicks                   James S. Parker                          

Frank W. Buck                    Roger L. Hill                     August Pavelka

Guadalupe Cabrera             Richard F. Hindman           Albert Peebles

Rudolph Cervenka               Cheatum L. Holmes           Floren A. Ploch

Thomas A. Chandler            William T. Huddler             Arthur E. Probst

Ovid V. Claunch                   Dewitt C. Johnson            Charles E. Pugh

Jerome K. Cook                   Lurtice R. Johnson            John C. Reddick

Heber L. Comby                   Robert M. Johnson           Douglas W. Rhodes

Dock L. Cummings               Edwin J. Jones                 Jesse G. Riser

Mike Davidson                      Henry A. Jones                Hiram F. Roberson

Chester L. Decou                  William R. King                Arthur H. Russell

Jesse L. Dowd                      Max Kolacek                    Otto W. Schindler

Leslie Dowd                         Herbert H. Krietsch           Arnold E. Schindler

Frank Duncan                       Arthur Krueger                August Seiffert

George E. Dunn                    Jesse C. Landers              Benjamin H. Shannon           

Thomas E. Dunn                   Earl H. Lasiter, Jr.            Andrew F. Stewart

Andrew J. Edwards                Lewis E. Latham              Leonard C. Stewart

Oscar Edwards                      Charles Ledwig                Elmer M. Tate

Frank English                        Clifton R. Lewis               Jason T. Tate

Morris Franklin                      Oran F. Lewis                  John T. Thurmond

Andrew Freasier                    Albert Lichtenberg           William D. Trimble

Howard S. Frederick              Grover J. Lindholm           Charles L. Tullis

James J. Gallagher                William J. Liska                Roy L. Turner

Andrew F. Gerhard                Jose Love                        Francisco Valdahe

Otto A. Goebel                      Reagan McCowen             Buzz Walker

Walter W. Goebel                  John A. McCumber           Erwin S. Wernli

Hilario Gonzales                    Calvin L. McMahon           Arthur L. White

Rafael Gonzales                    DeWitt C. Martin              Willis B. Wilson

Santiago Guajardo                June T. Martin


Others who lived in Live Oak County before or after WWI also served but these above were discharged from the county based on courthouse records supplied by Ervin L. Sparkman in The People's History of Live Oak County, Texas. Ide House, Mesquite, Texas. 1981. 67-68. Below are men of the community and men of renown whose names do not appear above.


Newt Chaney

J. Frank Dobie

Sterling Dobie 

Jessy F. Gray

Albert Smith

Charles R. Tips




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