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Texans Taking Flight

An East Texas minister built an airship that supposedly flew in 1902 [Grounded in Mystery, April 2023]. It was destroyed before it could fly publicly at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Val L. Erwin, CoServ | Lantana


442nd’s Heroism

My father took part in the rescue as a member of an antitank company [Rescue of the Lost Battalion, February 2023].

The 442nd suffered 800 casualties rescuing 211 Texans. After the battle, Gen. John E. Dahlquist ordered everyone in formation to congratulate them. He scolded the regimental commander that he wanted everyone there. The commander stood at attention and replied, “That’s all that’s left.”

Sidney Miyakawa, CoServ | Lewisville


My dad, Jack Andrews, was a proud member and captain in the 442nd in World War II. The 442nd ended up being the most highly decorated unit for its size and length of service in U.S. military history. The 442nd was also credited as being one of the first to find Dachau and release prisoners.

Bill Andrews, Big Country EC and Pedernales EC | Shackelford County and Buda


calico cat with empty saucer

Stephanie Singleton

Fur Parents’ Devotion

Bless your heart [A Pet Project, March 2023]. It’s the hardest thing fur parents have to do, but it’s our last, best gift to them. You’ll know when it’s time.

Mary Henderson Harp | Via Facebook


A pitcher plant awaits its next meal.

Dave Shafer

Sacred Memory

As a boy growing up in north Louisiana, we would go exploring on a small creek near my house [Caught Cuisine, February 2023]. Along one stretch of the creek was a very low area that always contained numerous pitcher plants. The local name for the plants was preacher in a pulpit.

John Tubb, Medina EC | Houston


Wyatt McSpadden

Air Force Junior ROTC member Luis Barron during the 2017 Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Aggie Field of Honor in College Station.

Wyatt McSpadden

Wreaths Matter

Thanks to TCP’s December 2022 mention [Wreaths for the Fallen] of the November 2018 Circle of Life article about the impact of Wreaths Across America in Texas. That story helped grow 86 WAA Texas locations to 313 in 2022, with over 250,000 wreaths placed on veterans’ graves. Nationwide, over 2.7 million wreaths were placed at 3,702 locations.

Ellen Fuller, Bryan Texas Utilities | Bryan