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Texas Heritage Society President

Commissioned Colonel in Texas Army

    At the San Jacinto Day celebration held on April 21, 2012 at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Texas Heritage Society President, Kameron K. Searle, was commissioned as a Colonel in the Texas Army.

General Sam Houston IV and Colonel Kameron Searle

Texas Army General Sam Houston IV and Colonel Searle Holding Commission

In 1969, Governor Preston Smith officially reactivated the Texas Army for ceremonial purposes. Each member of the Texas Army is commissioned as a "Colonel" by the Governor of the State of Texas. The Texas Army participates as the special honor guard in the Governor's Inauguaration Parade. In addition, they host state functions, official ceremonial events, re-enact events of 1835 and 1836, and travel internationally representing Texas and the Texas mystique.

Like the original army, the modern day Texas Army is made up of volunteers who provide their own authentic "uniforms," weapons and camp equipage. Members of the Texas Army come from all walks of life, bound together by a love of history. The Texas Army is dedicated to the purposes of perpetuating the memory of those early Texas patriots who worked and fought as the first army of the Republic of Texas. The Texas Army is dedicated to educating the public about Texas history.

Eight other Colonels were commissioned on April 21, 2012.  These gentlemen were Col. Peter Goebel (U.S. Army), Dr. Victor Morris, Joe Acosta, Ralph Nelson, Jim Thompson, Rob Wilkerson, Ed Ellis, and Mark Hegman.