Felt Veterans given honor...and their due

Felt honors veteran grads with diplomas

This was such a wonderful graduation that included veterans of WWII and Korea as honorary graduates. The students and the guest speaker paid tribute in their speeches to those men who had risked so much to keep us free.

The Veterans who were Honorary graduates of Felt this year were:

James Rammage: He enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 45th Division L of the 157th Infantry prior to Pearl Harbor.

He was discharged, but still in reserves in November 1941. Called back and served as Lineman for the 157th Infantry from January 1942 until he was discharged July 25, 1945.

Jim worked on several farms and ranches in the area and served for a time as Sheriff of Cimarron County.

In 1958, Jim and Mariam were married. Mariam had two boys and two girls when they married and then they had a girl. Mariam died in 1974. Jim lives with his daughter, Lyn, and her husband in Checotah.

 

William (Bill) Rammage: He enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Signal Company of the 179th Infantry prior to Pearl Harbor. Bill was also discharged but still in the reserves in November 1941. He was called back but his company was on maneuvers and so Bill requested to be assigned to the same company as Jim. Jim's Captain told Bill to get a releasefrom his company and he would be glad to have him. So Jim and Bill served together throughout the war.

They were linemen and took part in securing three beachheads - Larano and Anzio, Italy where they were tied down on the beach for four months and Saldeno and Nice in Southern France; both were discharged July 25, 1945.

Jim and Bill were the second and third of five brothers who served in WWII.

Bill married “the girl he left behind,” Dora Mae Howell, and they had two boys and two girls. Dora Mae died in 1976.

When Bill got out of the service, he went to work for the Soil Conservation District and he worked for them until he retired in the 1980's. Bill lives with his daughter, Charleen, and her husband in Texline, Texas.

Danford Dale Robbins: He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps July 29, 1943. He was assigned to the All Flag, Battleship Division 3. During the time he served in this division he participated in 11 campaigns on the US Idaho, US New Mexico, the US Mississippi and the US Pennsylvania.

Soon after he was discharged in November 1945, Dale went to work for Eastman Kodak in New York, then June 7, 1949, he joined the US Coast Guard. He was discharged from the Coast Guard September 24, 1952.

Dale joined the Coast Guard Reserve September 25, 1952 and he continued to serve in the National Guard and/or the Navy Reserve until September 21, 1983.

Dale worked for Pantex Ordinance Plant as a Plant Design Engineer from 1957 until he retired in the late 1980s.

He lives with his wife, Doris, in Pampa, Texas.

 

Melvin Donald Cryer: He enlisted in the United States Army in Amarillo, Texas, January 29, 1951. He was assigned to the 876th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Korea. Melvin was discharged in October, 1952.

Melvin and his family had moved to the Felt area in 1948 where they farmed. When he was discharged, he returned to Felt and continued to farm. December 7, 1968, he married Leah. They have two children and four grandchildren.

 

Leroy J. Bass: He was inducted into the navy at Camp Perry, Va.; and had 12 months of sea duty in the Atlantic.

He was stationed in Italy, Sicily, France and Africia.

He was discharged on March 7, 1946.

He then went to work for Cimarron County.

He married Mary Jo Pillot in September of 1949 and they have three children.

He served as Cimarron County Commissioner from 1982 to 1986, completing 38 years with the county before retiring.

 

Earl (Flash) Gordon: He was inducted into the navy in March, 1942.

He served in the Pacific, was discharged in December 1945 and became a mechanic.

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