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"All might be free if they valued freedom,
and defended it as they should.", Samuel Adams

Since World War II much of Houston County's growth and prosperity has been the result of a strong military presence in the county.  It was the tiny community of Wellston which was selected at the start of the war as an Army Air Corp base.  Not only did many Houston County residents find employment there but also others from across the state and country were drawn there by the jobs needed for the war effort.  The Army Air Corp base was later named Robins Air Corp Base in honor of Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins, one the the Army Air Corps' first General Staff Officers. Wellston soon adopted the name  Warner Robins and has grown to a population of over 50,00..  After the war, the base facility remained, expanded and is today the largest industrial employer in the state.

The county was also the home of Senator Sam Nunn who served for many years as the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  The Senator's library is housed in Perry at the historic old Perry High School building which is now used as administrative offices of the Houston County Board of Education.
The Senator Sam Nunn Kiosk

Perry is also the childhood home of U.S. Army General Courtney Hicks Hodges who is the only one of two persons to rise from the rank of Private to that of full General.  During WWI Hodges received the Distinguished Service Cross while leading the attack across the Marne River.  In WWII, Gen. Hodges commanded the Third Army in the European theater and was picked by MacArthur to lead the invasion of Japan.

During the War for Southern Independence several companies were formed from the men of Houston County to aid the Cause.  Fortunately Houston County was spared the ravages of the notorious Wm. T. Sherman's March to the Sea.  However, citizens long remembered the loss of loved ones and the torturous period of reconstruction.

On these pages you will find histories, records and resources for the Revolutionary War, War for Southern Independence, WWI, WWII and other conflicts.


 

'Lest We Forget

Honoring Houston Countians'
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