Remember our veterans
During World War II many young men fought for the freedom we enjoy today. This is about one of those brave young men who paid the ultimate price, proving once again the cost of freedom isn’t free.
A total of 405,399 were killed in the conflict. Among those was Loren A. Hull, who in the late 1930s and early 1940s attended Towanda High School and El Dorado Junior College, where he excelled in football and basketball. While attending Junior College, he roomed with his friend and teammate, Howard Cool, of El Dorado. They had the good fortune to win back-to-back football championships with Mr. Willis Neal as their coach.
After Junior College, Loren joined the Army. He was assigned to the 142nd Infantry, which was located in Italy. On Jan. 12, 1944 the following notice was printed in the Miami Daily News-Record in Oklahoma: Killed in Action: Pvt. Loren A. Hull, 20, was killed in action in Italy Dec. 5 the War Department has notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Hull. He was a star athlete at Towanda High School and El Dorado Junior College.
Loren was laid to rest in Towanda Cemetery. A memorial stone was added by R. Cline on March 7, 2007, another was added by Phoebe on Oct. 8, 2012 and a third was added on Jan. 21, 2014 by Have Paws Will Travel.
We should all thank our veterans for the freedom we have today.