World War I, also known as the "Great War" and the "War to End All Wars" had
been raging in Europe for 21 months when the United States officially
declared War on Germany on April 6th, 2017. When the fighting ended on
November 11th, 1918, 53,402 Americans had died in combat or were missing in
action. There were also over 60,000 more deaths from other causes such as
accidents and disease.
Shelby County, Texas as in all wars before and since sent many of her
citizens into harm's way. Unfortunately, there is no one place that you can
go for a complete list of those from our county that served our country
during World War I or any war for that matter.
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
are undertaking a journey of remembrance and discovery by identifying all
from Shelby County who served in World War I or those not a native but are
now buried here. We believe that we currently have the names of all those
who were killed in action (17), died during service (15) or are still
missing in action (1). We also have the names of 358 others who served and
of course have passed.
As we undertake this project that will culminate on the 100th Anniversary
that ended the War, Veterans Day, November 11th, 2018 we are asking all
citizens that know of or have ancestors who served to contact us. We may
already have their name but you may also have additional information and/or
photos, newspaper articles, etc. that we could add. Please contact Post
Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-598-2976, email: firstname.lastname@example.org