"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 16 January 2003

Vietnam War Symposium

On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, Lt.Gen. Gerald L. Prather will appear as a "Distinguished Guest Speaker" at the Military History Symposium entitled "Tet Offensive: 35th Annual Commemoration" at the World Affairs Lounge, University Center, Entrance #1, University of Houston. The event is free and open to the general public.

Lt.Gen. Prather is former-commander of the Air Force Communications Command and a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours and has been awarded Parachutist and Missile badges as well as numerous other military decorations and awards.

Elmo Tacquard Cruse, the Program Director for the symposium stated, "To Vietnam Veterans, Lt.Gen. Prather is best known as " ... the man who flew 80-plus U.S. Marines out of Khe Sanh during its siege in 1968. The Marines had orders to go home, and no way to get out of Khe Sanh. Lt.Gen. Prather, after dropping supplies to Khe Sanh, got a request to get the Marines, even though C-130s were not landing there. He landed, props at full throttle and his C-130 under mortar attack, picked up the Marines and took them to Danang. They had all completed tours."

For more information, contact Mr. Cruse at e-mail < elmo11342@aol.com >.


In 1848, the Southwestern area of what is now the United States was acquired during the Mexican War. Arizona was part of the region that became known as the New Mexico Territory consisting of what is today known as the States of Arizona and New Mexico.

On March 16, 1861, an Ordinance of Succession was passed by a Convention of the People of Arizona at Mesilla, Arizona Territory. On August 1st, the Territory of Arizona was created and seceded from the Union. The Arizona Territory consisted of the portions of the region of the New Mexico Territory, which was south of the Gila River from El Paso to Yuma.

On February 14, 1862, the Confederate States of America recognized the Territory of Arizona and on February 14, 1863, the United States Government recognized the Territory of Arizona, but to spite the Confederacy the borders were established, as we know it today.

From 1865 to 1900, there was a great influx of settlers into Arizona mostly from the southern states, most of who were ex-Confederates or refugees from the Reconstruction South, including a great many from the war-devastated regions of Virginia. As the mining boom hit, many more settlers went to Arizona from the mid-west, and from countries around the world, including Germany, Ireland, Wales and China.

On February 14, 1912 Arizona became the 48th State.

Websites of Interest to Students, Genealogists & Historians

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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