By CHRIS AGEE
In a city with such rich military history, many Mineral Wells residents will remember friends, family, or fellow soldiers who died in all capacities of military service this weekend.
For some locals, the storied F Troop – one of the units in the 124th Cavalry – is a major part of their Memorial Day remembrance.
David Lee, whose father was a member of the unit, shared some of his memories just weeks after the death of the last local F Trooper, Allen V. Hudspeth.
"On Nov. 18, 1940, they were mobilized to go along the border of Texas," he said. "They were stationed different places. My dad and several others were stationed in Fort Ringgold."
He said his mother and father met during that time and were soon married.
"They went off to war and mother and I came to Mineral Wells," he explained.
Following World War II, several members of F Troop decided to hold regular reunions. Lee explained the spirit of the 124th fed into his generation as a revamped F Troop was established.
"I was in the National Guard here and my general, J.D. Scott, was their first sergeant," he said. "He stayed after the war.... The unit I was in he renamed 'F Troop,' authorized to wear spurs just like my dad was."
The 124th Cavalry was organized in 1929 and was initially tasked with maintaining peace and order in the state's booming oil towns. It represented the last horse cavalry in the U.S. Army.
Though members of that original unit are few, Lee said, "I know there's others left around the United States."
He said he continues an effort to maintain communication between remaining members, their widows, and those in the younger generation.
Originally, the F Troop met twice a year, though as they got older it became harder for them to make the trip.
"To keep it going, we went on muster," Lee explained. "The closest Saturday to Nov. 18, we try to have a meeting." The annual event is held at Pythian Hall, he explained.