Major James M. Caudill, Jr., Fleming-Neon High School Class of 1949 receives medal
Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. – Army Major James M. Caudill, Jr., of Neon, Ky., was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross during ceremonies here Sept. 19.
Caudill, son of County Judge and Mrs. James M. Caudill, received the DFC award from Major General Michael S. Davison, commanding general of Ft. Leavenworth and commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at the fort.
Major Caudill received the award for heroism in combat in Vietnam on April 20 while serving as an observation pilot on a reconnaissance mission. The Army stated: “Receiving a message that the Viet Cong were attacking a ship on the Long Tau River, Major Caudill flew to the area and spotted the enemy positions. He attacked the Viet Cong with rocket fire and came under heavy return fire.
“Throughout the action he was under fire and his aircraft received seven hits. However, his aggressive actions forced the insurgents to abandon their position.”
Major Caudill is presently a student at the Command and General Staff College. He entered active duty in 1954 and was last stationed in Vietnam. He holds the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
The major, a 1949 graduate of Fleming-Neon High School, received his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky., where he received his B.A. degree in 1954.
Fleming High School graduates of 1949
Margaret Ambrifi, Ralph B. Bates Jr., Lawrence Beckett, Bobby Bentley, Jimmy Caudill, Nora Hazel Compton, Franklin D. Cornett, Opal Jean Dingus, Neda Evanoff, Martha Lou Fitch, Lowell Fletcher, Doris Ann Fox, Randall Lee Holland, Jean Vay Johnson, Helen Gilley Kincer, Joyce Ann Kincer, Ruby Esther Martin, Constance B. McAuley, Loretta Lee Mullins, Nancy Tucker Mullins, Emma Lou Phillips, Jack A. Pigg, William Cecil Preston, Delphia Shepherd, Bertha Sue Sisk, Charles Duran Stallard, Eulice Stallard, Mary Lou Strunk, Earnest Whitaker, Delores Faye White.
Jenkins defeated by Fleming Pirates
Sat., Feb. 19, the Jenkins Cavaliers lost a hard-fought contest to the Fleming Pirates on the Fleming floor by a score of 47 to 54. High point man for Fleming was B. Tucker, a forward, who stacked up 21 points. Burns, a guard, was close behind him with 19 points. Anderson, a forward, led the scoring for the losers with 13 points.
Flashing rings on seniors’ hands
How can anyone help noticing the seniors’ hands since they have received their sparkling new class rings? The rings are gold with an “F” on the front and “1949” on the sides with black on the background. Most of the rings ordered were boy’s size, but a few were college size.
If you become tired of seeing class rings, just remember, some day you’ll be a proud senior. The Fleming Hi seniors are indeed proud of their rings and all they mean to them.
Fleming Pirates defeat Dorton
The Fleming Pirates defeated the Dorton basketball team last Friday by a score of 31 to 25. High point man for Fleming was Burns, guard, with 12 points. Coach Labe Gregory’s boys journey to McDowell Saturday night for a tilt there. The Pirates’ record for the season so far is 10 losses and 7 wins.
The Fleming Pirates upset the Kingdom Come team on the Fleming floor Friday night, Feb. 25. The score was 45 to 35.
The Fleming five started the game with little confidence, having lost to Kingdom Come in their opening game of the season, and Coach Labe Gregory substituted the second string in the second quarter. The first half ended 26 to 12 with Kingdom Come in the lead.
The Pirates came back in the second half, determined to win. They held their opponents to 9 points in the second half while they scored 33.
Captain “Karo” Bentley was high point man for the Pirates with 11 points. Ova Stapleton, Bobby Burns, and Ray Tucker each racked up 8 points. Jerry Tucker scored 6 and Jack Hall 4.
High point man for Kingdom Come was B. Isom with 12 points.
Fleming boys learn state government by taking part in it
The students at Fleming High School recently got first hand instruction in state government. During the recent special session of the General Assembly, several Fleming students attended the State Youth Assembly in Frankfort and sat in on a session of the legislature and later held a session of their own.
Those from Fleming High attending were Charles Stallard, who went as a State Senator, Jerry Tucker and Jimmy Preston, State Representatives, and Eulice Stallard, press representative. The Rev. John Isaacs, teacher at Fleming, accompanied the group.
Two hundred and thirty-one delegates from 29 Kentucky cities and communities were present. The purpose of the Youth Assembly was to teach the processes of state government to Kentucky high school students. The delegates stayed at the Capitol Hotel and the Southern Hotel in Frankfort and held their meeting in the capital building.
The delegates were present in the stormy session of the General Assembly when two representatives resigned in protest over Gov. Clements’s assessment bill. After the legislature adjourned the Youth Assembly met. The Fleming delegates introduced four bills, none of which were passed. The bills passed by the Youth Assembly will later go before the Kentucky General Assembly. Most of these bills concern education in Kentucky.
(The above articles from 1949 Mountain Eagles.)