Kiowa County was barely 7 years old when the first 'Dogs of War' began howling around the world in this new century. Her sons and daughters, children of the folks that settled the county, along with the children of the previous residents, heard the howling. These were the grandchildren of some of those that had fought in another 'Great War' in 1861-65 and the Spanish-American campaigns. They were also the grandchildren of plains warriors that not so long before were fighting the coming of the white settlers into the Indian Lands.

Their country needed them, so they came. School students, farmers, ranchers, Indian homes and schools,and businessmen of this prairie county so young heeded the call to arms. The railroads took them to training centers. These fine young people of the county were turned into soldiers and sent to far away lands to defend freedom. Some did not come home.

This was supposed to be the war to end all wars! And so it was......until 20 years later, when another dispot thought he knew what was best for the world. So, in 1941, the call went out again and the great war machines of the United States was called into action. Again, Kiowa County's sons and daughters went to war! Some did not come home. They rest in the Military Cemeteries of Europe and the Pacific.

Then 5 years later, Korea erupted. Oklahoma's famed 45 th Division was called up. After Korea, came Vietnam, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Afganistan and now Iraq. Still Kiowa County's children go to war, some never to return to home, family and friends.

The Veterans on this list have been gathered from a variety of sources, including cemetery transcriptions, lists I have on this site and communications from researchers, residents and our military folks themselves. Some of the names have no info or scant info. They came from just lists of names I found, in particular, a list of KIA in WWI and WWII from Kiowa County. These men and women served our country during WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Enduring Freedom, in peace time and in war. Young men and women from Kiowa County are serving in Iraq now, and are stationed in foreign posts around the world. They are and were members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. Some on this list did not make it home and are resting in a foreign land, far from home and family.

I am sure I have not found all our service men and women. If I have missed your family member, please let Ethel Taylor, know and I will get them listed. A huge thank you to all the researchers, visitors and Kiowa County friends and family, that have sent me names and information, since I put up the first pages in this section in 1998.

Thank you, Veterans, for drawing the line in the sand to protect us from the "Dogs Of War"!

You Are Remembered!

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need."


Kiowa County was also home to our very own Medal Of Honor Recipient, Col. Jack Lemaster Treadwell, a Snyder graduate, member of Oklahoma's famed 45th Division, and holder of over 40 medals.

Another well-known Oklahoma soldier with Kiowa County connections is General Tommy Franks.

Also at rest in Kiowa County are veterans from the War Between The States, 1861-1865 . If you happen to know of other WBTS Veterans in Kiowa County, please let ME know. I will be happy to ad them.

Some of the first residents of the county became Indian Scouts for the US Army. I found these in the Tribal Cemeteries in the county. They are veterans, too.


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