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Veterans of Foreign Wars
Politician members in Arkansas

  Frank Adelbert Balcer Jr. (1889-1965) — also known as Frank A. Balcer — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., December 9, 1889. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1940, 1946, 1950; major in the U.S. Army during World War II; school teacher; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Wayne County 8th District, 1961-62; candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Wayne County 8th District, 1962. Catholic. Member, American Legion; Polish Legion of American Veterans; Disabled American Veterans; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Polish National Alliance. Died November 26, 1965 (age 75 years, 352 days). Interment at St. Teresas Catholic Cemetery, Harrah, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Balcerkiewicz and Elizabeth Balcerkiewicz; married to Anna Pascko.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Harry L. Carpenter Harry L. Carpenter (b. 1913) — of Monroe, Monroe County, Mich. Born in West Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips County, Ark., November 8, 1913. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; candidate for mayor of Monroe, Mich., 1949. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Campaign ad, Monroe Evening News, December 3, 1949
  Orval Eugene Faubus (1910-1994) — also known as Orval Faubus — of Huntsville, Madison County, Ark. Born in Combs, Madison County, Ark., January 7, 1910. Democrat. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; Governor of Arkansas, 1955-67; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956; National States Rights candidate for President of the United States, 1960. Baptist. Member, Lions; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Sons of Confederate Veterans; Disabled American Veterans; Elks. Died of prostate cancer, in Conway, Faulkner County, Ark., December 14, 1994 (age 84 years, 341 days). Interment at Combs Cemetery, Combs, Ark.
  Relatives: Son of John Samuel Faubus and Addie (Joslen) Faubus; married, November 21, 1931, to Celia Alta Haskins.
  Cross-reference: J. Gayle Windsor, Jr. — Woodrow Wilson Mann
  See also National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  John Paul Hammerschmidt (1922-2015) — also known as John P. Hammerschmidt — of Harrison, Boone County, Ark. Born in Harrison, Boone County, Ark., May 4, 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lumber business; Arkansas Republican state chair, 1964-66; delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1964, 2004; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1967-93. Presbyterian. Member, Rotary; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets. Died in Springdale, Washington County, Ark., April 1, 2015 (age 92 years, 332 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Virginia Sharp.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  J. T. Rutherford (1921-2006) — of Odessa, Ector County, Tex. Born in Hot Springs, Garland County, Ark., May 30, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; advertising business; member of Texas state house of representatives, 1948-52; member of Texas state senate, 1952-54; U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1955-63; defeated, 1962; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956; lobbyist. Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died in Arlington, Arlington County, Va., November 6, 2006 (age 85 years, 160 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Madison Waddell Jr. (1922-2003) — also known as James M. Waddell, Jr. — of Beaufort, Beaufort County, S.C. Born in Boydell, Ashley County, Ark., November 1, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; insurance business; member of South Carolina state house of representatives from Beaufort County, 1954-58; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1956 (alternate), 1964; member of South Carolina state senate, 1960-92 (Beaufort County 1960-66, 16th District 1966-68, 13th District 1968-72, 15th District 1972-84, 46th District 1984-92); resigned 1992. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Navy League; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Shriners; Sertoma; Farm Bureau; Nature Conservancy. Died in Columbia, Richland County, S.C., January 15, 2003 (age 80 years, 75 days). Interment at Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, S.C.
  Presumably named for: James Madison
  Relatives: Son of James Madison Waddell and Mabel Maude (Gibson) Waddell; married, January 2, 1946, to Natalie Phyllis Lavis.
  The Waddell Mariculture Research and Development Center (built 1983-84), an experiment station, located on the Colleton River in Beaufort County, South Carolina, is named for him.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
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