On Saturday, December 7, 2013, Bob Green will be honored by the unveiling of a historic marker on the Courthouse lawn. The unveiling ceremony will be at 11:00am Saturday morning. Immediately following the ceremony there will be a reception in the Courtroom on the second floor of the Courthouse.
Everyone is invited to attend this very special event honoring a man who truly embodied all it means to be an American hero and a great human being.
Bob Green was born and raised on the Green Ranch, northeast of Albany, Texas where his pioneer father first settled in 1881. With the exception of his military service in Okinawa during WWII, Green lived and worked on the Green Ranch all his life. Besides ranching and raising cattle, Green had a consuming interest in Native American lore, military history, history of the American West and local Shackelford County history. His passions extended to wildlife and ecology conservation, as well as music, including playing organ and accordion. Green co-narrated the Fort Griffin Fandangle and played its calliope for 27 years. He was an original Fort Griffin Fandangle cast member and was friends with Robert E. Nail, Jr.
Green wrote about dugouts, Indians, buffalo hunters, ranchers, and cattle drives. He wrote about his joy of seeing a wet snow or a hard rainfall on the dry cracked Western soil after a drought and how blessed he was to live in the great outdoors. Green believed in hard work and he taught his children — and later grandchildren — the value of working and caring and respecting nature. Green was known by thousands of people for his achievements in preserving the history of West Texas. He recalled the history of the West in his writing, and he loved to tell about the land and the people.
Green not only wrote about history, but he lived it on the ranch and in the brutal battles of the Pacific during the war. He wrote a book about his experiences in the war, and 40 years after the war, he traveled back to see Okinawa, where he had participated in the famous battle that cost thousands of lives. He was a 21-year-old platoon leader for a tank battalion that stormed the shores of Okinawa on Easter Sunday in 1945. He described the fighting that took place there as “savage.” Green earned numerous medals for his service in World War II.
Green often said that he wanted the young people to know about their rich heritage and to learn how to preserve it. His achievements brought him numerous awards including the Albany Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the cultural and economic growth in the Albany area. Green also received the Charles Goodnight award, which recognized him for his preservation of ranching heritage.