My father, Landis Edward Medlin, epitomizes the lyrics of Small Town, Southern Man, soft spoken, hard working, and never met a stranger. He grew up and lived his life within five miles of where he was born.
Born when county life was hard, he had a wealth of friends and extended family and enjoyed the simple pleasures life. Joined the army two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Trained at Camp Hahn California and was stationed at Honolulu, Hawaii until the push across the Pacific islands began. He was a veteran of several beach landings, Guadalcanal, New Britain, and the Phillipines and his primary duty was as a scout and was a expert rifleman. During the Philippines Campaign he fought on the island of Luzon, landing on the beaches of Lingayen Gulf, and then on to the Islands of Panay and Negros. He was wounded on May 3, 1945 just three months before the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki, and Hiroshima Japan and the end of the war. Wounded he was shipped back to the states and ultimately to Harmon Hospital in Longview Texas where he was honorable discharged on October 8, 1945.
After the war he worded as a roughneck in the East Texas oilfields. He met and married Doris Pettey Kindred a widow with two children, Vernon and Ellen Joy Kindred. He and Doris would have two children, Landis Jr (Lanny) and Doris Gay.
Daddy would live in a house that he built "with his two hands." He was content with his life and never grumbled or complained. He enjoyed the simple pleasures and found happiness in God and his family. He was the "Small town, Southern Man."
With parents Lela and John Wesley Medlin
Brother Doug Medlin, Landis, Elton Gammage
Landis with brother Aubrey Medlin
Landis with Louise Young Amos
With Barney Medlin at Austin, Texas
Fixing a flat with Louise and Merle Amos and Etta Alford
Landis with Travis "Teet" Amos
Fooling around with Lester Davis
Mothers day card 1944, sent while on board ship in Pacific.
Buddies somewhere in Pacific.
Screw and Bolt Cooperation
Douglas, Claudis, Aubrey, Ruby, Landis. Sitting Lela and Jessie Mae.
Sitting and talking with a stranger now friend
Riding on Amtrac train with Keith
Landis, Keith, Neal, Doris at Neal Kilgore Graduation 1999
Harvest Festival 1992 holding baby Katie