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This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School

This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School February 18, 1943 On this day in 1943, Dolly Shea graduated with the first flight-nurse class of the United States Army Air Forces at Bowman Field, Kentucky. The San Benito, Texas, native served in the European Theater during World War II. She was killed…
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This Day in Texas History: Caddo Mills Gets a Post Office

This Day in Texas History: Caddo Mills Gets a Post Office June 16, 1879 On this day in 1879, the post office at Caddo Mills was opened. The town is located at the intersection of State Highway 66 and Farm Road 36 near Caddo Creek in Hunt County. In 1870 I. T. Johnson and Henry…
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This day in Texas History: Murphy Earns Medal of Honor

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Murphy Earns Medal of Honor January 26, 1945 On this day in 1945, Audie Murphy, the most-decorated soldier in United States history, earned the Medal of Honor by single-handedly repelling a German attack. The Texas native enlisted in the United States Army in June 1942.…
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This day in Texas History: Heroism of the “Texas Division”

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Heroism of the “Texas Division” January 20, 1944 On this day in 1944, the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division, nicknamed the “Texas Division,” began its “two-day nightmare,” the crossing of the Rapido River in Italy. General Mark Clark needed pressure on the German defensive line below Rome…
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This day in Texas History: Escaped POW William Dyess Resumes Flying and Dies in Plane Crash

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Escaped POW William Dyess Resumes Flying and Dies in Plane Crash December 22, 1943 On this day in 1943, war hero and escaped prisoner of war William Dyess resumed his flying career and was killed while attempting an emergency landing in Burbank, California. Dyess, born…
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