08,April 2009 — Jasper,Texas
Henry Tarver was born 02 of April 1923 in Broson, Sabine Co;,Texas . His father, was Samuel Monroe Tarver and Sarah Nona McKeithen Tarver was his mother.
Bud grew up on the Attoyac River, he loved to fish and hunt in the area and went to school in Broaddus,Texas . He became very ill at about 9 years old with scarlet fever. He missed a whole year of school and as a result he does not read and write as well as all his brothers and sisters. I as his first born child have always known this to be painful for him.
My father Henry married my mother Thelma Whitton, on the 26th day of Feburary 1944 in the Jasper County Texas Courthouse. They grew up together in San Augustine County,Texas.
They had seven children, 4 girls and three boys..all are still living today.
Our mother Thelma Whitton Tarver died 10th of Sept.2004 in Silsbee,Hardin Co; Texas. Mother is buried in Broaddus Cemetery, in Broaddus,Texas.
Daddy is remarried to a sweet and loving lady, Lillian McDonald. They love and take good care of each other. All of daddy's children love her. Daddy will be 91 years of age , 2 April 2014, this year!
My husband of 30 years, Wesley Vaughan has been trying to help my dad get his world war II papers corrected for the past 10 years. Dad 's VA check is only $32.00 each month. He fought in the 333rd ,84th Division, the Railsplitters. First was the Sigfried line battle, in the sugar bet fieelds of Germany , the Ardennes battle, known as Battle of the Bulge, then back to Germany.. Where he and 5 other men were cut off from their unit, by the Germans, my mother and grandmother recieved a telegram saying he was missing in action. My grandfather told both of them not to worry, that boy will be okay and he'll make it home. !6 days later they recieved a letter from his Sargent telling my mother and grandparents, that they should be very pround of Henry, they came marching back to the unit with 90 German prisioners. During the freezing weather in the Ardennes while in the fox holes filled with melted water from ice and snow, his feet burned with frost bite and trench foot . He was put in a tent hospital for his feet about three days. Then they sent him back to the front lines. He won the Combat Infantryman Badge the 11th of December making him a Rifleman 745 specialist . He was a first scout, the Point man until he felt through a damaged bridge, when they were traveling at night. He was carried to a tent hospital, where they banged his damaged shoulder and sent him back to the line. He walked crooked to one side and in pain the rest of his life..