After the reading, I hopped in the car with my wife and my boy and we headed to my parents' lake house which is about 40 miles north of Bryan/College Station. She and I are both from around this part of the State. This morning we decided to go do a little exploring of our family history and ended up at a tiny little cemetery outside of Franklin, Texas called the Henry Prairie Cemetery.
She was looking for her ancestors there (yes, we are both Genealogy geeks) and we found a lot of them.
As we were looking through this tiny tiny cemetery, I came across this headstone.
It was a sobering reminder.
I had just written about Iwo Jima two days earlier and remarked about Mr. Haynes' service there as a United States Marine.
Adren F. Morgan was a Marine from Texas, too -- a tiny little town near Franklin.
He was apparently part of the same invasion force as Mr. Haynes.
Unlike Mr. Haynes, Private Morgan did not survive the Battle of Iwo Jima. In fact, he was killed on the second day of fighting.
He's buried in the Henry Prairie Cemetery, next to a little country church about six miles down a stretch of dirt road in Central Texas.
He was only 19 years old when he died.