Joe Cox, a longtime Kaufman businessman, was recently honored for his World War II service.
At 98, he is believed to be the oldest veteran in the county. On Sept. 24, he received a Texas flag that was flown over the state capitol, along with a certificate from Texas Rep. Keith Bell honoring his service. The presentation was made at Kaufman City Hall, with many members of the Cox family in attendance.
Cox was raised in a sharecropping family east of Kaufman. He and his father owned the Kaufman Mattress Factory for 60 years.
In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army, first serving in the African theater under Gen. George Patton. After the Allies won the African campaigns, Cox joined the legions of soldiers who moved north in Sicily and Italy, where he served in five invasions of the region. In 1945, he was in France when the war ended, then he returned home.
Joe’s son, Larry Cox, says his father still remembers amazing details and names from his service in Africa and Europe. Joe Cox was excited to see the renovation of the Kaufman Square on the Fourth of July and joined in the ribbon cutting, representing the handful of World War II veterans who are still living in Kaufman County.
“Please join me in saying thank you for his service to our country and protecting our freedoms!” Bell wrote on his facebook page.
Cox and all area veterans will be honored on Monday, Nov. 11 at local Veterans Day ceremonies. Kaufman students, including school choirs and fifth graders, will perform a special concert honoring veterans at 10 a.m. at the Fine Arts Center at Kaufman High School. The concert is free to the public, and veterans will be served refreshments following the concert.
Paul Murrey Ford will host a Veterans Day open house starting at 11:30 a.m., with a free lunch for all veterans. Dallas Fox, a veteran who runs a military museum near Scurry, will have some of his vehicles and memorabilia on display.