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Faburn M. Murray

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 9:14 am

Faburn was born on March 2, 1928 in Cuero to Edward Elmo and Agnes Moses Murray. Their family moved to Gonzales County in early 1930s; started school in 1934 at Nixon (on horseback). They then moved to El Campo in 1937 and Faburn graduated from El Campo High School in January of 1946. He played football and basketball in 1943-45 for the Ricebirds. His 1944 basketball team is the only team from El Campo to make it to the state tournament, and the 1944 football team played for Regional Championships in Alamo Stadium, San Antonio. He captained a district championship football team in 1945.

He planned to join the Navy when he graduated while he was 17. WWII ended the summer of 1945 so he enrolled at Texas A&M in January 1946. Four years later he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and commissioned in the Armored Calvary. The 26th Infantry Division was organizing a Tank Bn with headquarters in El Campo and they needed someone to teach tank gunnery, so he transferred from the Reserve to 136th Tank Bn 36th Infantry Division Texas NG. The Korean War broke out the summer of 1950. He volunteered for active duty but his request was turned down due to the feeling that they would be called to active duty momentarily. They were not called up. Sixteen and one-half years later he was a major (Ex. Off. Of Tank Bn) and he was transferred by his company (Riviana Foods) and retired from the Guard in 1968. They were never called up but he spent 16 summer camps at Ft. Hood and Ft. Polk.

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