150 County Road 481
Thrall, Texas 76578
My uncle is 98 years old. He is still sharp as a tack and his mind is a steel trap! He served honorably in
World War 2 and has amazing stories to tell. His health is deteriorating. He would love to have someone hear
his stories. Maybe record for prosperity.
2694 S FM 486
Thorndale, Texas 76577
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I had the honor of interviewing your uncle, at his home, for a submission in the Texas Historical Commission,
Oral History Program, Texans in World War II, on July 12th, 2013. The transcribed folder also included a list
of the medals(and photo's of the same) that he was awarded prior to his discharge on December 5th, 1945.
I also recorded the interview with an additional inexpensive recorder which I presented to Graham as a gift
for allowing me to have the honor of interviewing him. He also received a copy of the interview in a folder
with a clear cover. I still hold an 18 page handwritten transcript of the interview as well as another typed
copy of the interview in the same aforementioned folder. I would be happy to provide a copy of the above
folder for you.
My wife, Beth, and I attend Pleasant Retreat UMC with Graham and also visited with him while he was seeking
medical care in Taylor this past week. I'll visit with him tomorrow morning, if he's feeling up to it, and see
what he has in mind for recording stories. I believe that this should be done in numerous short recording
sessions due to his current fragile health condition.
For the reader of this post who may not know of the character of this fine gentleman, I'd like to share an
incident that happened at Alcoa power plant in the mid 1950's. My father in law, Leroy Guillote, was a welder
working aloft on a scaffold that was improperly assembled by another individual. It failed and "Pop" fell 65
feet while landing standing up and causing serious injury. Graham and Mr. Frank Felton rushed to his
assistance. It was necessary to lash him to one of the same scaffold boards so that he could be lifted up and
out of the coffer dam to the awaiting ambulance. He and Frank forever endeared themselves to the Guillote
family. That's the kind of mettle of which Graham Dickerson is made!.
Good morning Cindy, my name is Geri Burnett. Iam the chairman of the Milam County Historical Commission. We
would love to be able to interview your uncle. I live in Rockdale and have for almost 50 years, so I'm close
by. What days and times would be good for Mr. Dickerson?
Thank you for letting us know about your uncle's willingness to share his stories! For the last few years we
have tried to get the stories of WWII veterans, but sadly many are not with any more or don't want to share
I look forward to hearing from you.
Milam County Historical Commission
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