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Latest update: Sunday, June 12, 2011
"From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered
with the blood of tyrants and patriots."
The following persons served their country during these wars. Some died serving their country. Other survived the conflict
and returned to their families and communities. All are honored. The military service of those buried in Atoka Cemetery.
Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
The Mexican-American War was an armed military conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 in the
wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas. Mexico did not recognize the secession and subsequent military victory by Texas
in 1836; it considered Texas a rebel province. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war on February 2, 1848. Mexico
ceded all claims to Texas and the United States acquired the lands known as the Mexican Cession. Although 13,000 U.S.
soldiers died during the course of the Mexican-American War, only about 1,700 were killed in combat. Ninety percent died of
disease, such as yellow fever. Mexican casualties are estimated at 25,000. Wikipedia
CHILDRESS Hugh Martin, Sr.
Civil War (1861-1865)
The conflict between the Northern states (the Union) and the eleven Southern states that seceded from the Union and
were organized as the Confederate States of America. It is also known as the War between the States, the War of Secession,
and the War of the Rebellion. Nearly as many Americans died in the Civil War as have died in all wars the United States has
fought -- 364,511 Union soldiers and 164,821 Confederate soldiers.
BUSH Richard R.
MATTHEWS John T.
SARTOR John Young Sr.
World War 1 (1914 -1918)
World War I, also known as the First World War, the Great War, and The War to End All Wars, was a global war which
took place primarily in Europe from 1914 to 1918. WW1 was first truly global conflict involving more countries than any war
except World War 2. Over 40 million casualties resulted, including approximately 20 million military and civilian deaths,
including over 116,316 American military. Over 60 million European soldiers were mobilized from 1914 to 1918. Wikipedia
KINCAID Robert Seaborn
BROOKS Joseph E.
PARKER Griffin Lyn
EVRAGE George M.
World War 2 (1939-45)
World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict, the joining of what had initially been two separate
conflicts. The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the
German invasion of Poland. This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into opposing military alliances: the
Allies which in the beginning of the war consisted of Great Britain and France (later the Soviet Union and the United States),
and the Axis powers with Germany, Italy, and Japan as its members. It involved the mobilization of over 100 million military
personnel, making it the most widespread war in history, and placed the participants in a state of "total war," erasing the
distinction between civil and military resources. This resulted in the complete activation of a nation's economic, industrial, and
scientific capabilities for the purposes of the war effort.
Over 60 million people, the majority of them civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history. Military
deaths in the worldwide conflict were in excess of 17 million troops. When the Allies liberated the death camps in Germany and
Poland, they were horrified to discover the extent of the Holocaust that Germany had conducted during the war. Some 12
million people had been murdered, including 6 million Jews. The Soviet Union suffered the most deaths of any single country--
about 20 million military personnel and civilians died. The United States lost 405,399 troops. Wikipedia
HYDEN Montie Lee
LAIRD Opal L.
RACKLEY, Dawl Julian
RICHARDS J. W.
Korean War (1950-1953)
The Korean War was an escalation of border clashes between two rival Korean regimes, each of which was supported by
external powers, with each trying to topple the other through political and conventional tactics. In a very narrow sense, some
may refer to it as a civil war, though many other factors were at play. The war began when the North Korean Communist army
crossed the thirty-eighth parallel on June 25, 1950, invading the Republic of South Korea. The United Nations Security
Council, declaring North Korea an aggressor, sent troops to counter the invasion. Sixteen nations sent troops, and forty-one
countries sent food and supplies, but the United States was the largest contributor of arms, troops and equipment. The war
reached a stalemate in June, 1951, and after two years of negotiations an armistice was signed July 27, 1953, with the thirty-
eighth parallel designated as the border between North and South Korea. American deaths were estimated to be 54,246.
LANTER Vernon Robert
NICHOLS Dock Aaron "Skeeter"
O' NEAL J. C.
RACKLEY, Dawl Julian
Vietnamese War (1955-1975)
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, the Vietnam Conflict, and, in Vietnam, the American War,
occurred from 1959 to April 30, 1975. The war was fought between the communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North
Vietnam) and its communist allies and the US-supported Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). It concluded with the defeat
and dissolution of South Vietnam. For the United States, the war ended in the withdrawal of American troops and the failure of
its foreign policy in Vietnam. The war, USA's longest, resulted in the loss of 56,121 American lives and was the first in which
the United States failed to achieve its goals. Wikipedia
KINCAID Albert Sidney
PARHAM Louie "Bubba" Snyder
Non-Conflict Military Service