Bemon Garsee Family Collection, 1940-1956 | East Texas Research Center
By Allison Grimes
This collection contains several photographs of the Garsee family in the 1940s. Three funeral registers are included, as well as a San Augustine High School Diploma, and a Masonic Bible and notes. There is also a newspaper clipping and photocopy about Corporal Bemon Garsee’s time in the “bloody bucker” 28th Infantry Division in World War II. One item of interest is an original poem written by Corporal Bemon Garsee exactly one year after June 6, 1944 in remembrance of his lost comrades.
Corporal Bemon Garsee was born in San Augustine, Texas on June 14, 1916 to Samuel and Georgia Garsee. He married Erma J. Epps and they had two children, Glenda Jean, born in 1943, and Jimmy Wayne, born in 1947. Bemon enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served through the end of the war in the famous 28th Infantry “bloody bucket” division. Erma, Glenda, and Jimmy all passed away in 1956. After his service in the Army and the deaths of his family, he moved to Nacogdoches and was an iron worker. At some point, he married Evelyn Doty, through which he gained a stepdaughter Cindy Jolls. Bemon passed away on May 24, 1995.
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