Medal of Honor Recipients
Candelario Garcia, a native of Texas, enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 28, 1963. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, also referred to as the Big Red One during the Vietnam War. On March 14, 2014, Sgt. Garcia received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While acting as team leader, Garcia initiated an attempt to aid wounded comrades and opened himself to enemy fire. Sgt. Garcia eliminated two enemy machine-gun positions on December 8, 1968 near Lai Khe, Vietnam. Garcia died January 10, 2013 (Section 107, Grave 209).
Colonel (then First Lieutenant) James L. Stone, (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Near Sokkogae, Korea, Nov. 21 and 22, 1951. (Section 76, Grave 1658L).
Cloyde Pinson, Sr., Founder of the Texas National Cemetery Foundation (Section 76, Grave 1702B).
Private First Class William Blair Jr. was born in 1921 in Dallas. He served in the army, and it is said he was the youngest African American to serve as first sergeant in World War II. In 1946 he pitched on Negro League baseball teams the Indianapolis Clowns and Detroit Stars. In 1949, he founded Southwest Sports News, which published college athletics nationwide. Later it was reformatted to become Elite News, with a focus on political, social and economic topics important to the North Texas black community. For his athletic, journalistic, and civil rights accomplishments, the City of Dallas renamed Rochester Park "William 'Bill' Blair Jr. Park" in 2011. Blair donated his business papers and Negro League memorabilia to the University of Texas at Arlington. He died April 20, 2014, and is buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (Section 91, Grave 585).
Bobbie Joe Cavnar was the 22-year-old pilot of the big four-engine Douglas C-54 that rescued a stranded crew of the wrecked B-29 "Kee Bird" from the far northwest tip of Greenland in February 1947. Cavnar landed his transport plane on a small frozen glacial lake near the wreck. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions and personally congratulated by President Harry S. Truman. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1964. (Section 11, Grave 99).
Gunner's Mate Third Class Glenn Edward McDuffie served in the Navy during World War II and he claimed to be the American sailor kissing a nurse in the famous Life magazine image "V-J Day in Times Square" by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. After the war McDuffie became a mail carrier and semi-professional baseball player. Several years before McDuffie died, Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson confirmed that McDuffie was the famous kissing sailor. He died March 9, 2014, and is buried at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery (Section 178, Grave 281).