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Veterans Voices: Military Service Stories

Click on a specific service branch below to read stories from some of Carrollton's past and present U.S. service members.

Submit a Veterans Voices Story

 Veterans Voices: Military Recognition Program

Have you or your friends, neighbors, or relatives in Carrollton served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces?

Help spread the word about the City's online military recognition program: Veterans Voices. This project was started by members of  VFW Post 8923  and the City of Carrollton Senior Center.

The goal is to collect and share memories and photos from those who have answered the call to serve our country.  Individuals must have lived or worked in Carrollton at some point in time in order to be included.

All local veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to participate. 

Submit a Veterans Voices Military Service Story

Veterans Resources

College Assistance for Veterans

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a comprehensive resource that provides Veterans with information about using the money awarded to them by the GI Bill to help pursue a university education.  It also contains a database that allows our servicemen and women to search for Online Colleges.  Click here to visit this site. Other resources include:

Continuing Education Resources for Veterans

Veteran Education and Accredited Online Colleges 


Living Assistance for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a new effort to assist people who served in the military that may be struggling after returning from service. Former Carrollton City Manager Leonard Martin said, “I am very pleased to see this effort by the federal government to assist our veterans who have never received the recognition or support they deserve for giving so much of their lives, themselves, and their families to serve our country. You may be a veteran who is struggling or may know someone who is. Please urge them to use the contact information below to get assistance.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to end Veteran homelessness  and is providing at-risk and homeless Veterans with health care, housing, employment, education, and other job training resources. Trained responders are available to talk confidentially by phone or online chat at 877-4AID VET (877-424-3838) or


In Memoriam

For additional information call 972-466-6381.

Name Branch of Service Military Occupation/Class
James Anderson U.S. Army ---
Palmer Arnold U.S. Army ---
Lige E. Balceszak U.S. Air Force ---
Glenn Barfield    U.S. Navy Radar
Rob Bauman U.S .Marine Corps Sergeant
Everett Bennett U.S. Army Sergeant
Moe Bertcher         U.S. Air Force ---
Edward Bosko U.S. Air Force Captain
Ken Brandenburg U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class
Paul Buhler U.S. Marine Corps Corporal
Keenan Cartsen                 U.S. Air Force ---
Ross Coker U.S. Army ---
John D. Crane  U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant
William Falls U.S. Navy Radar Specialist/1st Class
Pete George     U.S. Marine Corps ---
Barney Hardigree     U.S. Air Force     ---
John Jaeger U.S. Marine Corps Corporal
Marvin Kummer U.S. Army ---
Alfred Lagman    U.S. Navy ---
Archie Martin     U.S. Air Force ---
Albert McKay U.S. Army Technical/Sergeant
Alton McLean U.S. Air Force Private
John A. Nichols             U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant
Glenn Morrison U.S. Navy Lieutenant Colonel
Joe Morse U.S. Army Sergeant
Joseph (Joe) Parker     U.S. Marine Corps Captain/Bomb Disposal Officer
Arnold Pluff U.S. Air Force Radio Operator
James Robinson U.S. Air Force ---
Leonard Robinson U.S. Army Corporal/Machine Gunnery
Frederick Russe U.S. Navy Commander
Carl Sanders Jr. U.S. Air Force Fabrication Branch Chief
Leslie Savage U.S. Army Corps Staff Sergeant/Electrician
Tom Sheridan     U.S. Navy Ensign/Pilot
Cecil Showers             U.S. Army Corps Corporal/Infantry
Max Stilger U.S. Navy     Seaman 1st Class
James Webb U.S. Army Air Corps 1st Lieutenant
John Wilford       U.S. Army Air Corps ---
Clifton Willis U.S. Army


Denton County Veterans Memorial Project

The Veterans Memorial of Denton County features three areas of reflection:

  1. At the foot of a large granite monument, recognizing the branches of military service
    (This area is for public and private ceremonies)
  2. Along the path made of "green brick" sit granite monuments covered by individual Memorial plaques recognizing a fallen loved one, or one that has served or is currently serving our country
  3. A small area for reflection and a place for a memorial bench or statue

 Denton Co Veterans Memorial

There are several levels of support and opportunities to honor individuals who have served through the Memorial Plaque Program. All donations are tax deductible, and 100 percent of all proceeds go toward the design, promotion, construction, and maintenance of the Denton County Veterans Memorial. 

This project is being spearheaded by Denton County Commissioner Ron Marchant and a dedicated committee of Veterans and family members. Other members include representatives from each member of the Denton County Commissioners Court, members of the VFW and American Legion, a representative from the Denton County Veterans Service Office, U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant, Texas State Senator Chris Harris, and Texas House of Representatives Burt Solomons.

Anyone who has a friend or relative who has served in the military or who is now serving can purchase a Star Memorial Plaque with his or her name on it to be placed at the Veterans Memorial of Denton County. For information, call 972-434-7140.

American Legion Post 597

 Post 597 American Legion

1024 S. Elm Street
Carrollton, Texas 75006-7225
Contact: 972-242-5650,
Post Chartered: March 15, 1947



Post Hours:
Monday: 4 - 10 pm
Tuesday: 4 - 10 pm
Wednesday: 4 pm - 12 am
Thursday: 4 am - 12 am
Friday: 4 pm - 12 am
Saturday: 4 pm- 12 am
Sunday: 12-10 pm


All Welcome:

  • Legionnaires
  • American Legion Auxiliary
  • Sons of the American Legion (SAL)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Military, Veterans, and Guests


  • Support Programs and Charity Events
  • American Legion Riders
  • Outing events
  • Cookouts
  • Hold 'em Tournaments

Ambiance: Casual, Family Friendly, Relaxed, Fun 

Canteen/Bar, Food, Music, Darts, Billiards, Free Wifi

Members must sign-in themselves and their guests in the Sign-in Book for each visit.

  • Post Meetings: 2nd Monday  of the month, 7 pm
  • Auxiliary Meetings: 1st Monday  of the month, 7 pm
  • SAL Meetings: 3rd Monday of the month,   7 pm
  • VFW #8923 Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month, 7 pm
  • Legion Riders Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7 pm


How to Join

Membership eligibility requirements in the American Legion is based on honorable federal active duty service with the U.S. Armed Forces during wartime between the following dates :

  • April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1945 (World War II)
  • December 17, 1941 to August 15, 1945 (Merchant Marine WWII)
  • June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
  • February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
  • August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1990 (Lebanon/Grenada)
  • December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause-Panama)
  • August 2, 1990 to Today (Persian Gulf War Era and beyond: Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq)

Membership applications are available online at or at Post 597.


VFW Post 8923

The Kelsie C. Edington Memorial VFW Post 8923 is located at 1024 Elm Street,  home of the American Legion in Downtown Carrollton.

The Post is seeking new Veterans of Foreign Wars members to come and join (eligibility must be met). The Post meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 7 pm. Bring a copy of your DD214 (for verification only) to the meeting.