Memorial Day Celebration in Aubrey by Glenn Redfearn
and family of two Army buddies as they come to visit the Redfearns on
The oldest male Redfearn also lives on Hill Street in
Aubreyís old historical district, received an e-mail from a couple of
his old Army buddies. They have established June 12 for their date for
celebrating Memorial Day.
After viewing the many Memorial Day moments of
celebration from all over the county during the past week, remembering
different patriotic events that have occurred during the past fifty
years, I learned that Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Redfearn are making plans to
host their long ago friends as guests in the home on Hill Street on
Glennís Army friends from more than fifty years ago
are planning a reunion with Glenn and Mary Katherine Redfearn. The
former veteran friends, Willy Davis and his wife Gloria ad Leonard
Elliot and his wife, Shirley, plan to renew old friendships or Army
On September 3, 1950, Glenn enlisted in the Army for
his training as an Advanced Infantry Forward, which was a position of
danger on the front as the team sent forward. Glenn was 18 years old
on May 30, 1950. Glennís training was completed at Fort Bliss, Texas,
along with his very brave fighting friends. They served in the
military on the Korean front. Glenn and his fellow army soldiers spent
36 days on the boat going to Korea, where they spent 9 months and ten
days in Korea.
He has not seen his friends, Leonard Elliott from
Pearland, Texas and Willy Davis from Victoria, in 55 years.
Glenn remarks, "I canít put a face on these good
friends until I see them. I havenít seen these buddies since February
11, 1952." "I got home to see my dear Mother Vernie on her birthday
and it was with great joy and happiness that I returned home."
He also said, "My my, what a life....you know, I went
to school in the same grade as Jackie Cogburn. We were the first bunch
of kids to leave Aubrey in the tenth grade and go to high school in
Glennís wifeís mother was Mary Grace who married Loyd
"Bouncer, just think 54 years, Mary Catherine Jenkins
and I raised four kids. There is Glenda who married a Lofland, Tommy,
Nancy Grubbs and Cindy Yarbrough. We have 12 grandkids, and five
great-grandkids," Glenn stated.
Before Glenn got up to walk back to his house, he
says, "Bouncer, your 5 kids and 12 grandkids cause us to realize just
what is really making the community grow. It is people like us that
are adding to the census explosion."
As Glenn was readying to walk back, he explained to me
one of the worst things that happened in his life.
Glenn experienced all of the dangers while in Korean
combat duty, and returned home to take up the duties of providing for
his family as an insurance salesman.
Glenn said that his Dad, Deck Redfearn, always carried
a pair of pliers in his right hip pocket because his left arm had been
hurt in an accident.
Dale Redfearn, one of Glennís brothers, had just given
Glenn a pair of his old Levi pants which always came down over his
boots. Glenn credits the Levi pants for causing the serious accident.
Glenn said that he and his Dad had just installed a
new cotter key into the universal drive shaft just minutes before the
accident. The cotter key was whirling around and caught his right leg
at the right ankle joint. The drive shaft on the tractor kept rolling
his pants leg up and was eating into the flesh and bones. The accident
was so bad that it filled his boot with blood.
Bobby, his brother, was in the house near the phone,
Bobby came to his brotherís rescue and to the hospital they went.
Glenn was in surgery for a skin graft on his right knee. It required
17 days in the hospital.
One blessing was when Joyce Ann Harmon organized a
fund raiser that brought the desperate Redfearn man into a civil
reality. With what Joyce Ann raised and gifts of 100 dollars from
many, he is nothing but thankful on this national Memorial Day.
Glennís army friends have a lot of talking to do to
catch up on what has happened in their lives since they all got off of
the big boat in Seattle Washington.