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Sound Off To Sam !

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Stone County, Missouri Military Veterans – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard – Give Me A Shout !

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To Sam !

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

I am a retired United States Air Force Public Affairs Staff Sergeant,  My lifetime calling began when I picked up a pencil – I’m a writer.  My dream was to be a reporter.  I lived the dream.

Thanks to Uncle Sam, I got a blue suit and a paycheck.  I beat feet to the street and chased airplanes with my cameras to put images on film.  I’ve always found people interesting, so I had to become a writer because I enjoy people stories.

Now, Stone County, Missouri is reaching out to all their veterans, who ever donned the fatigues and shined up the collar brass.  Yes, the Stone County Historical and Genealogical Society would like you to be aware of the parade, September 24, On The Square, by the Stone County Courthouse.  If you wish to “Dress, Right, Dress !”  Please by all means, call them at 417-357-6317.

I, Warren the Word Warrior, am trying to make sure the word gets out so that come September 24, all Stone County military veterans can at least say, “I got the word.”  While I’m trying to get the word out to the vets, I would also like to get emails from my fellow retirees.  If you have a story or a war story that you’d like to share, then, please, email me.

I’m trying to contact the Stone County, Missouri veterans, who have something that they want to say that they think a future heir or citizen might like to know.  Jot me an email in 2011 and let’s see if we can’t publish something that a Marine in 2015 will find interesting or an airman in “the year 2525” ( I couldn’t resist the music reference – I hope Air Force airmen still have a sense of humor in 2525) will be amazed that uniforms looked so. . .well . . . uniform.

When I get the email input, my standard operating procedure is to try and contact the person by phone or email to clarify some details  to find splashes of color in our life that seem normal to us, but might seem “cool” or “neat” to someone else.  Then, I tap dance across the keyboard and try to come up with a story that should allow you to step off the page and captivate the reader.

On The Road To Stone County Missouri - The Stone County Historical and Genealogical Society is celebrating Stone County's 160th Anniversary, September 24. The day's activities feature a parade to recognize Stone Countians 90 years old and older. A Call To Arms has gone out to Stone County's retired servicemen and servicewomen to be in the parade. The historical society is actively seeking all Stone County veterans, who wish to join their brothers and sisters in arms to salute their fallen comrades and to honor the men and women on active duty. For more information, call 417-357-6173. Vendors should call, 417-357- 0112. Photo by Retired U.S. Air Force SSgt, Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Once the hard copy looks like something the Library of Congress would be proud to have on their shelves, then, since it is a Stone County story I submit it to The Crane Chronicle and Stone County Republican as part of my Stone County 160th Anniversary Coverage.  Of course, the editor of any and all American newspapers get copy and have deadlines and designated priorities and always limited space, so there is no guarantee that the story will be published in the print of a Real World newspaper.

Military spouses and military children are also welcome to email me and recount their stories.  Uncle Sam knows that if he gets one single person in uniform there is a really good chance that he will eventually”Get Two For The Price Of One” – The Military Spouse, who while that person doesn’t usually wear a uniform they end up “serving” and being caught up in TDYs, TADs and doing “The Duffel Bag Drag” to some interesting places.

And, I know that military children have their own spin on trying to have a childhood amid armored personnel carriers rolling past their on base elementary schools and not being able to pet that nice German Shepard – the U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog.

But, we can submit the copy and see if the presses roll.  If you have a story that you want to tell – email me and we will see  what we can do.  Go ahead, sound off to Sam !


Written by samwarren55

August 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Grandfathers, grandmothers, historians, antique dealers, toy dealers,

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Grandfathers, grandmothers, historians, antique dealers, toy dealers,

Daddy’s Little Wagon

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

We all have items that help us to identify who we are.  Usually Death and The Grave are the only forces that will ever part us from these cherished items.

A couple of weeks ago, when, my wife, Christy convinced me that sometimes our house felt more like a museum than a home, I reluctantly agreed to search through the storage sheds and see if there was anything that I could absolutely “live without” or that the future civilizations of humankind would not miss as a Smithsonian Institution exhibit.  For now, I’m keeping my Star Trek dolls.

My Star Trek Dolls - I was a "Trekker" from the first episode of "Star Trek." Stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana , in the early 1980s, I bought these Star Trek dolls in the Base Exchange. This crew ended up in my U.S. Air Force household goods from my days as a single "buck" sergeant through my career as a married staff sergeant and had other ports of call from Kadena Air Base Okinawa, Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, Misawa Air Base, Japan, Gunter Air Force Station, Alabama and finally went on my version of active reserve status at Warren Land,Galena, Missouri. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

In my personal, cloistered, secure “Area 51” sector of storage there stood Daddy’s Little Wagon.  The brown paint of rust had long ago removed any traces of the traditional red color you would expect to find on a child’s wagon.  A Real World symbol of my late father, I had never considered “parting with” the wagon.

Looking in the mirror each morning, I realize there is more salt than pepper in my once jet black hair.  I must admit I am looking “long in the tooth,” even with a close shave to remove the daily whiskers of a man’s age.

The Three Samuel’s Presence in The Real World is winding down.  Joseph Samuel “Mr. Sam” Warren of east Texas, “The First Samuel” of the Warren clan, left this life back in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

The Second Samuel of the Warren clan: Samuel E. Warren, known as “Sammy,” a World War II U.S. Army veteran, of Houston, Texas, left this life in the mid-1970s.

The Third Samuel of this Warren clan is me – Samuel E. Warren Jr., of Galena, Missouri.  And, “Sam.” “I ain’t gettin’ any younger.”  Someday, the sun will rise, and I will no longer be in The Land Of The Living.

I looked at Daddy’s wagon and wished that there was another Samuel Warren to pass it along to in our clan or at least a child, who would play with it until the wheels fell off and the pieces faded into the earth.

I have no biological grand children.  Therefore, a grandfather, grandmother, historian, antique dealer or toy dealer will have to contact me via email for more information about the legacy and possible future of this antique toy.

My Daddy’s Little Wagon – In the field of yellow dog fennel, in southwest Missouri, on Warren Land, sits the childhood wagon of my father Samuel E. Warren. My father had this wagon as a boy in the 1920s in east Texas and the wagon served to help out with yard work at 313 East 26th Street in Houston, Texas in the 1950s before being brought to Galena, Missouri in the early 1960s.  By the 1970s, the wagon was retired from active duty on the farm and placed in storage to await service to future generations of Warrens.  Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Donna’s Yard Sale – Free Enterprise Inspiration

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Donna's Yard Sale Photo by Junior Warren Donna, my cousin, held a yard sale in Galena, Missouri. My wife, Christy, helped out and watched the shoppers browse the merchandise. Christy seemed impressed with Donna's yard sale. At the time, I didn't realize how impressed Christy was by the people who came and shopped the yard sale. By the time, we got back home, Christy had decided that we probably had "Too much stuff," And, of course, the end result would have to be - "We need to have a yard sale." Photo by Junior Warren.


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Air Force News Still Heavy 20 Years Later

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Air Force News Still Heavy After 20 Years - Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr. My wife, Christy, wanted me to move a trunk. I asked myself, "Self, what is it about women and trunks full of quilts ? Do they have a primal fear of Global Freezing or an approaching Ica Age ? My grandmother in east Texas had a trunk full of quilts that she had stitched with a needle and thread. My mother had a trunk full of quilts that she had bought through the years. Now, it seems, my wife has a trunk full of quilts." I got my dolly to move the trunk. I never knew quilts could weigh so much. I stopped and opened the lid. "Holy Pandora's Box !" The trunk was full of my old Air Force newspapers and memoriabilia from the Strategic Air Command Bombing and Navigation Competion of 1982, which translated basically into bumper stickers from many states, plus my gray reporter's steno pads of notes. The rest of the afternoon passed fairly quickly as I opened the pages of the Observer of Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana, Philippine Flyer of Clark Air Base Republic of the Philippines, and nodded at some copies of the Tropic Topics of Andersen Air Force Base Guam and the Blythe Spirit of Blytheville Air Force Base Arkansas. I was amazed that just by glancing at a headline I could remember the situations that arose in trying to arrange interviews to write the stories, I grinned at the DWI story on page one of a newspaper because I had escorted the photographer to the main gate to talk to one of the security policemen on duty and see how we could get a photo to go with the story. The photographer and the SP had an idea, Suddenly, I'm leaning against a car and looking away from the camera to provide the photo line art for the story. Ah. the things you do for your country. Smile. In the stacks of newspapers, there were also stories that I hoped would be read and remembered like the Death March survivor story. As I closed the trunk lid, I wondered if the Air Force Public Affairs men and women on active duty today still get to "beat feet to the street" to write the stories and take the photographs or if the process is all just text messaging, cell phone photography and electronic publishing to have something to post to the websites? Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Stone County, Missouri To Salute Military Veterans

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The American Flag flies proud over the South Lawn of the Stone County Courthouse in Galena, Missouri on the Fourth of July, 2011. Stone County's 160th Birthday Celebration on the Square,September 24, will feature a parade that salutes Stone County's military veterans. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Stone County’s 160th Anniversary 

(Galena, MO)– The Stone County Historical/Genealogical Society celebrates Stone County’s 160th birthday Saturday, September 24th on the Galena Square.

To highlight Stone County’s birthday the Society is hosting a parade. Stone County citizens 90 years old and military veterans will be the guests of honor in the parade. Current and past Stone County citizens who will be 90 years old in 2011 and Stone County military veterans, who have yet to sign up, should call 417-357-6173.

Entertainment is scheduled for the birthday celebration on the square. Food and craft vendors, who wish to participate in the celebration should call 357-0112.

Stone County is a farming county in the Ozarks in southwest Missouri famous for tomatoes. From the 1940s through the 1960s James River made Galena, the county seat , “The Float Fishing Capitol Of The World” and anglers and hunters from around the world came to Stone County. Stone County is also the home of the late United States Seventh Congressional District Congressman Dewey Short. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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