13 Old Soldiers And 2 Children And Our Future

How can 13 old soldiers and two of their children help us win our current war on terrorism? They are resting in the oldest cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. Their service ended 150 years ago. They have long since laid down their arms, and their voices are now quiet.

However, if we will listen to what they did, we can learn about the necessity and sacrifice of military service. We can learn that we have always been in a war, and once it was right here in Texas. We can learn that soldiers die not only on the battlefield, but also in marching to war. We can learn that their families often suffer the consequences of military service. We can learn that terrorist have been killing "civilians" for millennia. And most importantly we can learn not to give up on fighting the fight they were fighting for us.
The 13 old soldiers and the two children had a major impact on the area in which we live. The 13 include Texas Brigadier General Edward H. Tarrant, Brevet Major Ripley Allen Arnold and 11 soldiers who died while serving at the fort in Fort Worth. The two children are those of the founder and commander of the fort here.

Tarrant County is named for a soldier. General Edward H. Tarrant, as a brigadier general in the Texas Militia, led a band of 70 soldiers into the county in 1841, and began the process of cleaning out the terrorists raiding from this area. This "Battle of Village Creek" was fought along a stream separating Fort Worth and Arlington. Two other nearby counties, Denton and Young, are also named for men who fought with Tarrant. Many counties in Texas are named for soldiers. This entire area of the cross-timbers was a battlefield in a terrorist war. Not all Indians were terrorists, just as not all Moslems are terrorists, but some were.

Fort Worth is named for a soldier. Brevet Major General William Jenkins Worth was a fierce fighter in four wars - three of them against terrorists. He is the person who developed the "duty, honor, country" motto for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Fort Worth was founded and named by a solider. Brevet Major Ripley Allen Arnold brought the U.S. Army to the bluff at the three forks of the Trinity between the cross-timbers on June 6, 1849. Their presence here allowed people to live safely along the Trinity and pushed the war on terrorism 100 miles out to the west.

Eleven soldiers died while serving at the fort in Fort Worth from 1849-1853. Terrorists killed all of them. Though none of them were killed in battle, they all lost their lives because they were serving in a frontier area with few amenities and were exposed to constant hard work, lengthy patrols, poor food and deadly diseases.

Because of the terrorists, two children died at Fort Worth --Sophie and Willis Arnold. They were the first bodies buried in the first cemetery in Fort Worth. They would not have been here if their father, the commanding officer of the fort, had not been here fighting a war.

The war against terrorists these soldiers were fighting began in America in 1492, is still going on in some parts of Mexico and Central America. It took about 400 years to win it in North America. Every generation of Americans have been called to the fight. Some respond, some don't. It only takes a few.

The story of these 13 soldiers and two children is a perfect and personal lesson to help in convincing the young men and women who will have to fight this and the next terrorist war that some of them must also serve and die. In our nation's desperate denial of war and violence we have not taught our children that some of us always have to carry on the continuing fight. The story of these soldiers is written in stark detail, based on actual events in their lives and the birth of the city in a new book The Fort In Fort Worth.

Freedom is a precious commodity, a treasure, and there will always be thieves who want to steal it. It is a dangerous threat and a deadly evil to fanatics who think they know how God wants everyone to live, to act and to contribute to them. It is a totally alien concept to societies still stuck the middle ages "The Cross-Timbers Group", is a 501C3 organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation to defend freedom by serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. The Group accomplishes its mission by aiding in preparation and presentation of patriotic material to schools and youth groups and recognizing through awards, memorials and publicity those who have served who are serving and who will serve. The Group concentrates on the cross-timbers area of Texas and Oklahoma, from Waco to Enid and from Dallas to Mineral Wells.

The Group has a plan and a project. The plan is to get those who understand the threat and the need together to work with the young men and women who will have to carry on. The project is to build memorials to13 soldiers, two children and thousands of others who died serving right here in our area. The program is called CEDAM for communicate, educate, demonstrate, admit and motivate.

We must communicate with the younger generation on their level with their music. Like all generations, they have their quirks, which seem rebellious to the older ones. However, they have the same spunk, intelligence and dedication all generations have had. Lets communicate. Let's not condemn them for being young and being different. (Go visit a JROTC, a Sea Cadet or a Young Marine program and see that they do care.)

We must educate them once we are relating to them. They must see that war has always been with us, but that freedom is fleeting unless defended. We have let others who think peace comes through denying war and violence to dominate the public agenda for the last few years. There blindness will get us killed or enslaved.

We must demonstrate that we care about those who have served and those who are serving so they can see how we regard them. We are now waving flags, but let's build memorials (especially to the 13 soldiers and 2 children here in Fort Worth, where they can see them). Let's attend parades, go to meetings and take them with us. In Fort Worth we should take them to Pioneers Rest Cemetery, to the Fort Display in the courthouse, to Heritage Park, to the three World War I Airfield locations, to Camp Bowie and to Carswell. Around Texas, we should take them to the Alamo, San Jacinto and other battlefields and forts. Around southern Oklahoma we should take them to Fort Sill, Fort Washita, Fort Gibson and other forts and battlefields in the state.

We must admit that there are dangers, that we have made mistakes in the past, and that we need our young men and women now. Our biggest mistake has been blaming our military for the actions of the terrorists. We have never been ready for war, and have had to sacrifice some soldiers inorder to arm and train the others.

We must motivate them to serve. We need them and they must not only know that, but also know that they will always be remembered and appreciated, and that their service is absolutely essential to our and their freedom and way of life.

You are invited to join the Council and help in our program. A number already have. Current members are listed on the following page. You are invited to contribute in any amount to the building of a memorial to the 11 soldiers at Pioneers Rest Cemetery and to all the fort's soldiers at the river bluff on Commerce Street. You are invited to contribute to the CEDAM program to help develop materials for distribution to the young men and women who will have to fight for freedom tomorrow. Please join in.

For information on how to get involved either through direct participation or contributions contact Cinda Thomas at (817) 498-5150 or email to cinda@cross-timers.org, or snail mail to PO Box 820646, Fort Worth, TX 76182-0646.

Current Members of The Cross-Timbers Group

Herbert Berkowitz State Leader, Jewish War Veterans
(U.S. Army WWII)
(817) 346-8337

Charles Berl History Teacher FWISD (USMC Purple Heart) (FWHBn.)*
(817) 246-4233

Luther Berry LTC, USA (Ret.) Director FWISD JROTC
(817) 871-3256

Ronald Blanck LTG, USA (Ret.) Pres. UNT Health Science Center.
(817) 735-2509

James Breen Broker Prudential Securities. (CAPT USA) (FWHBn.)
(817) 877-9811

Greg Brown Maj, USMCR Representative for AFLAC
(817) 355-8816

Gary Bryan Pres. Airtech Environmental Inc. and Bio-Air Laboratory
(817) 784-6898

Sam Buchanan Chief Surgeon, UNT Health Science Center
(817) 735-2415

Robert Blythewood Lt, USN (Ret.) Mgr. Health Net Federal Services. (Tri-Care)

Travis Claridge SMSGT, USAF Leader in Air Force Sergeants Association
(817) 263-7827

Alan Clark CPT, USA (Ret. Dis.) Public Affairs Officer. Dallas VAMC
(214) 857-1158

Edward Coggins COL, USAF (Ret.) Author/Historian/Educator
(817) 236-1383

Dave Dietsch LTC, USAF (Ret.) Pres. FW Chapter Air Force Assoc.
(817) 468-6008

Paul Faidley CAPT, USAR 1/355/95th Div., Sales Mgr. John Hancock
(817) 335-9497x54

Bob Good MAJ, USA(Ret.) Exec. Dir. Dispute Resolution Services
(817) 877-4554

John Gattis 8th U.S. Infantry Living History, Leader Christ's Haven (FWHBn.)(817) 431-1853

Fiske Hanley Engineer/Author (1LT.USAF WWII POW B-29 Shot Down)
(817) 626-6369

James Herrick MAJ, USA (Ret.) Pres, Lone Star Retired Officers (TROA)
(817) 265-3445

Mark Hancock Historic District Consultant (FWHBn.)
(817) 919-7188

Bertha Hall Counselor Texas Veterans Commission (USAF)
(817) 347-7348

Douglas Harman PhD. Pres./CEO F.W. Convention and Visitors Bureau.
(817) 336-8791

Tom Kemp LTC, USAF (Ret.) National Director Air Force Association
(817) 695-7644

O.H. (Karl) King Broadcaster/Author (USMC WWII POW (Corrigador))
(817) 561-5269

Steve King Probate Judge Tarrant County, Historian
(817) 884-1200

Jim Lane Lawyer, F.W. City Councilman (CAPT. USA JAG)
(817) 625-5592

Walter W. Leonard Municipal Attorney Military Historian and Re-enactor (FWHBn.)
(817) 335-6539

Hugh McKay LTC, USAF (Ret.) Adjudant MOWW
(817) 534-4753

Joe Orr LTC, USA (Ret.) Lawyer, Leader in MOWW and ROA
(817) 332-3431

Bill Phillips Col., USMC (Ret.) F.W. Convention and Visitors Bureau
(817) 468-3173

Wm. B. Potter Fort in Fort Worth designer, artist (USN WWII)
(817) 534-0440

Clay Perkins M.D., Author of The Fort in Fort Worth, (1LT, USA)
(956) 683-9805

Clyde Picht LTC, USAF (Ret.) Ft. Worth City Council (3 Purple Hearts)
(817) 294-0396

William Scott Cdr, USN (Ret.) PhD. : Pres. Smithfield and Bibal Press
(817) 788-2280

Rob Stecker MAJ, USAR, EVP Fort Worth Chapter, ROA

Ron Stephen COL, USAF (Ret.) Health Care Management Consultant
(817) 346-4508

Norman Robbins Manager Community Relations Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
(817) 777-8294

Terry Theiss Comm. Cons. 19th Cent. Cannon and Band, (Lt. USN Pilot)
(817) 571-3493

Cinda Thomas Vice-President, Cross-Timbers.org (FWHBn.)
(817) 498-5150

Willard Thomas Maj, USMC (Ret.) Tax Planner/Preparer and Writer (FWHBn.)
(817) 498-5150

Jack Tinsley Consultant, Fort Worth Star Telegram (1LT USAR)
(817) 390-7400

Nathan Vail BG, USA. (Ret) Commander FW MOWW,
(817) 737-9111

Harold Valderas LTC, USAFR (Ret.) Senior District Judge
(817) 292-7973

Patrick Wempe CAPT, USA CO FW Recruiting Company MOWW
(817) 332-2387

Buddy Wright COL, USA Lockheed Martin Security Chief , MOWW, ROA
(817) 763-7101
* Fort Worth Historical Battalion

We would be honored to add your name to this list and this mission.
Dues are $50.00 or 50 hours of service per year.
PO Box 820646 Fort Worth, Texas 76182-0646 Phone: 817.498.5150 Fax: 817.581.7663 www.cross-timbers.org
The Cross-Timbers Group
Honorable Military Services Recognition Council
Historical Military Memorials Foundation

Willard Thomas, Group Executive Director
Councilman Clyde Picht, Chairman HMSRC
Steve King, Chairman HMMF

Inspiring the next generation.