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February 3, 2013

Shotgun Vaughan taught by Whiteley, upcoming Medal of Honor honoree

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MWHS had other memories for John. Seems that his senior year there were not enough football players so he and a couple of other folks were asked to go out so they would at least make a showing. John said he weighed about 115 pounds and never lettered. He recalls that in 1943 that team was the one Breckenridge just leveled with a score 103 to 0.  It was talked about all over the state. However , in defense of MWHS, that was the year that Breckenridge won state championship in football. 

In the interview, John talked about his military experience. Seems John thought he would join the National Guard and not have to serve active Army, but in 1951 the Korean War broke out and he was drafted into active Army. There were four busloads of men that left the Baker Hotel for Camp Chaffy, AR, for training.  John said that 150 or so men from Palo Pinto County were called up at that time.

He laughed about training on the grounds of what is now Mineral Wells High School when the Army had very challenging roads cut into portions of the property to represent roads like would be found in Burma during WWII. It was certainly different.

John went to leadership school. It was about that time that he and Elizabeth Messengale were married.  John then went to OCS schooling to become a second luietentent.

He chose quartermaster as his area so went to Ft. Lee, VA, for that training. He spent one and one-half years at Fort Bliss, TX, before leaving the Army in 1953. He liked the Army, but Elizabeth was ready for him to return to civilian life. After a few other jobs, John came back to Mineral Wells and managed an appliance store about seven years before going into business with Shotgun’s BBQ. This business was his priority for several years before retiring.

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