WICHITA FALLS, TX - Newschannel 6 is continuing to honor the Heroes of Texoma. Wednesday evening we recognized United States Army veteran M.F. Hankins.
Less than a month from this 92nd birthday, Mankins is still preaching at a church in Young County. But during World War II he was part of a very important and deadly battle.
"He was a tank commander in WWII and he was a great leader from what I've been told. You know he was well respected," Tim Hankins, M.F. Hankins' son said.
He fought in one of the biggest and bloodiest battles in the war, Battle of the Bulge.
"My dad really never talked about his service. Up until recently we've never even seen these pictures of him until he released them to my younger brother who made a CD of it," Tim said.
M.F. Hankins served in the U.S. Army for thee years and then married his wife and had six boys. While they were not born during their father's time serving our country, they say he has always been a man of service for his community.
"When he came out of the service he went into the ministry and he served everybody his whole life. He's been more concerned about other people his whole life than he has about himself," Tim said.
Tim said his father was also an avid golfer.
"He was just good. In my opinion he would have been right up there with the bests because they had what they called ministers tournaments and if he wasn't winning them he was in the top 3 most of the time," Tim said.
While his time in the service has short, the sacrifices he made for our country is something his family believes he and others like him deserve recognition for.
"They need to be remembered and they need to be honored," Tim said.
If someone you know is deserving of recognition let us know. Send us an e-mail to news@KAUZ.com. Make sure to include your contact information and any photos of your loved one. You will then be contacted for further opportunities. This is our way of saying thank you to those who have served our country.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6