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Army 1
02 April,1923 2
1922 1
Bronson, Sabine,Texas 2
Texas 1
30 Jan 2016 2
Broaddus, Texas 2

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Also known as:
Bud 2
Henry Tarver 1
Level of Education: Grammar school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
02 April,1923 2
1922 1
Bronson, Sabine,Texas 2
Texas 1
Male 2
30 Jan 2016 2
Broaddus, Texas 2
02 Feb 2016 2
Broaddus, San Augustine, Texas 2
Place: Brookland, Texas 2
Place: Jefferson County, Texas 1
Mother: Sarah Nona McKeithen 2
Father: Sammuel Monroe Tarver 2
Thelma Whitton 2
26 Feb 1944 2
Jasper County, Texas 2

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
20 Nov 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
38303679 1
Enlistment Place:
Tyler Texas 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Semiskilled construction occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1317 1
Film Reel Number: 6.83 1

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Henry (Bud) Tarver


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..




Update story as of December 2015

Henry Tarver my father, now lives with my husband and myself, his oldest daughter. His wife died April 2014.

Dad will be 93 in April of 2016.

In Loving Memory of Henry "Bud" Tarver

Henry “Bud” Tarver left this earth Saturday, the 30th day of January 2016 at 2:22 am, on his journey home to heaven. He was immersed in the love of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with all the love and honor he had so rightly earned and deserved. Henry “Bud” Tarver was born 2nd. Of April 1923 in Bronson, San Augustine, Texas. He has seven children; I am his oldest daughter, Marjorie Tarver Vaughan he had lived with my husband Wesley and I, in Broaddus, Texas, on Sam Rayburn Lake for the past five months. Dad so loved it here watching the squirrels and birds each morning from the covered large back deck overlooking the lake, and the wooded hills and valleys filled with active wildlife.

Weather permitting, he loved us all eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the outdoor dining table together.

Dad also loved sitting in his swing on the deck for his 3 O’clock coffee each day. Visiting and telling us stories from his childhood. He grew up and went to school here in Broaddus. Lots of childhood memories of his brothers and sisters. He was very close to one sister Lilly who he nicknamed “Bob” when they were small children. They talked weekly by phone, sometimes for hours. In fact, I called her for him to ask her how their mother cooked rabbits when they were young. He told her Joshua his great grandson, was going hunting for him a rabbit. The Thursday night before he left on his journey home the following Saturday morning. His youngest brother John talked weekly also. The three siblings were close, Dad Aunt Bob and Uncle John.

Dad loved and lived at his home in Jasper, Texas 23 years, 11 months and 15 days,  The 29th of November 1990, Daddy and mother signed the papers for their home. Dad continued to live in the home until he has a serious fall in his yard at night cutting his arm very badly on the 29th of October 2014. His caretaker for daytime Geneva called us early on the 30th. When she arrived at his home dad was still in bed with his arm torn open with blood and dirt all over his bed. We got him to the ER where he received 21 stitches in that arm. All his children took turns spending the nights with dad at his home. However, he had been diagnosed with dementia, and he couldn’t remember what happened to him. His legs just gave away. We borrowed a wheelchair to move him around in. But after much researching and talking. We had to take him to a veteran Facility. On the 13th of November 2014. This was heartbreaking for me. I made him a promise Wesley and I would visit at least 3 times per week, every week. And we sometimes did 4 or 5 times per week. Even though we lived 60 miles away. They helped him get much better there. Finally, on the 28th of August 2015, we brought him to live with us. Dad loved living with us. My sister told me the day dad died, she had never seen me as happy as I was the last five months that dad lived with us. I had not thought about it before that, but I knew she was right. I loved him very much. Just as I had my mother before she died.

Dad lost two siblings in recent years. A brother Jessie Randle Tarver was born 28 Jan 1918, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, Died 24 Dec 2013 in Lufkin, Angelina, Texas. A sister Lue Ella Tarver, Callahan was born 21 Aug 1927, in Bronson, San Augustine, Texas, she passed away 13 Oct 2015 in Mena, Polk, Arkansas.

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