|Birth: ||May 31, 1920|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2008|
Moudy, Linton C.
Linton C. Moudy, age 88 of Danville died Sunday, June 22, 2008 at his home. He was born May 31, 1920, in Stafford, Arkansas to the late Rosco & Addie Robinson Moudy.
He was a World War II and Korean War Veteran, serving in the Navy, Marines and National Guard, and retiring as a Major after 25 years. He was a 2nd division Marine medic, who fought on Saipan and received the Purple Heart for injuries received on Tarawa. He was 23 years old when he was credited with saving many lives during one of the invasions of WWII, spending four days and nights tending to the injured.
He was instrumental in establishing the Arkansas National Guard in Danville, serving as its commanding officer. He attended Arkansas Tech and he received his Bachelor of Science and Masters degree from the University of Arkansas. He then taught veterans at Mansfield, Booneville and Danville. He retired after 22 years as the Danville High School agriculture and science teacher and sponsor for the Future Farmers of America. He was a poultry, cattle, turkey, and tree farmer, past president of the Danville Lions Club, a member of the First Baptist Church in Danville, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and chairman of the building committee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul E. Moudy and sister, Melba Patton.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Allie Jean Cobb Moudy; son & daughter-in-law, Dr. Forrest & Sandra Moudy of Danville; grandchildren &spouses, Ross & Melissa Moudy of Russellville, Susan & Matthew Millsap of Ft. Worth, TX, Marcus & Jennifer Moudy of Russellville; great grandchildren, Natalie Millsap, Parker Millsap, Katelyn McConnell, and Karsyn Moudy; brother and sister-m-law, Bill and Kathy Moudy of El Dorado; sister, Louise Hayes of Morrilton; sister-in-law, Lamoyne Moudy of Little Rock, and many nieces & nephews.
The funeral service was held Thursday, June 26, 2008, at Danville First Baptist Church with Bro. Jamie Staley and Bro. Bobby Walker officiating. Burial was held at the Upper Spring Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ross Moudy, Marcus Moudy, Matthew Millsap, Marlon Patton, Jimmy Moudy, Ronnie Hayes, Roger Hayes, Johnny Moudy, and Billy Bob Moudy. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the Danville First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Danville First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 877, Danville, AR 72833. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. Paid Obituary
(Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 2, 2008)
First Guard Captain Linton Moudy Dies -- Danville National Guard Veteran. Educator Linton Moudy, 88, of Danville, first Unit Commander of the Danville National Guard, who served in that capacity for 13 years, Agri teacher at Danville Schools for 22 years, and a lifelong member and Deacon of the Danville First Baptist Church, passed away on June 22, 2008 at his home. He was a decorated WWII and Korean War Veteran, serving in the Navy, Marines, and National Guard, and retiring as a Major after 25 years.
Joined National Guard in 1946 - Linton Moudy is probably best known for his work with the Danville National Guard and Armory. He joined the Arkansas National Guard, following a decorated career in the Navy and Marines in World War II, in 1946. WWII, Korean Veteran - In 1950, he was in the Booneville Unit of the National Guard that was called up during the Korean War. He helped care for many more wounded from that War. In 1955, he organized a National Guard Unit at Danville, and was appointed Company Commander. He remained in that position, with the rank of Captain, through several reorganizations, for twenty-two years. From 1955 through 1959, the unit, was Company A of the 212th Signal Battalion, and was a telephone line construction company. A major reorganization in 1959 put the unit into Company C of the 217th Engineering Battalion, where it remained until 1967. Twice Awarded Battalion Commander Award - Linton Moudy was twice awarded the "Battalion Commander's Award" for outstanding leadership, devotion to duty, initiative in command, performance in accomplishment of high training and maintenance objectives, and a demonstrated concern for morale and general welfare of his command, in 1963 and 1965. In 1967, another reorganization dissolved the 217tr Engineering, and the unit reverted back to Company A of the 212th Signal Battalion.
Staff Officer At Little Rock Headquarters - At that time, Linton moved to the Headquarters of the 122nd Army Reserve Command in Little Rock, where he served as a Staff Officer until his retirement from the guard, as a training officer with the rank of Major, in 1973. He had organized the Danville Unit in 1955 together with Dr. Walter P. Harris, and together he and Lt. Colonel Harris moved to the Little Rock Headquarters. For a time during Captain Moudy's duration with the Danville Guard, the unit was the second biggest industry in the city, second only to the poultry plant. The annual payroll increased from an average yearly payroll of $20, 000 in 1956 to approximately $200, 000.
Decorated Veteran Wounded In Battle - Linton Moudy had begun his military career in April 1942 when he enlisted in the Navy. He served in combat during WWII as a medical corpsman assigned to the Second Marine Division. He was wounded during the invasion of the South Pacific Island Tarawa, a small island only big enough for an airfield. The Japanese had boasted that it would take 100, 000 American lives to take Tarawa. The battle lasted from November 20 through the 23rd. Corporal Linton Moudy was on a landing craft that carried marines to the island. Fighting was so fierce, that only five marines on the craft survived. Linton was wounded by shrapnel in the upper back while he was getting out of the boat to tend to a wounded soldier. According to an article in the May 25th, 1944 Arkansas Democrat, under heavy fire, bleeding from the shrapnel, he threw his medical pack toward the shore, and jumped out of the boat. He reached a four-foot high seawall where he found many wounded and dying marines. He lined the wounded along the side of the seawall where they were protected from the enemy fire, and administered first aid to the wounded for four days and four nights attending faithfully to the wounded though he himself was badly wounded. 990 marines and 687 Navy men were killed, and 2, 296 Americans were injured. Linton received the Purple Heart. He was 23 years old. Linton was also in the battle for Saipan, in which 3, 100 were killed and 13, 100 were wounded.
Educational Career - He attended Arkansas Tech and he received his Bachelor of Science and Masters degree from the University of Arkansas. He began teaching in 1954, and taught for 22 years at the Danville High School, teaching vocational agriculture and science and serving as sponsor of the Future Farmers of America. He taught plumbing, welding, electrical wiring, mechanical drawing, construction fundamentals, how to draw plans for homes and poultry houses in mechanical drawing, and many other things to many students over the years. His son Forrest told the Record that many students of Mr. Moudy have told him that they are still using the skills they learned in his classes. He also taught them life lessons and a strong work ethic, which he also taught his son and grandchildren. He also taught veterans at Mansfield, Booneville and Danville.
Farming Career - He bought his 252-acre farm in 1954, cleared a lot of it by himself, built several chicken houses and used the litter to build up his pastures. He kept a herd of up to 100 head of cattle, raised turkeys for a while, and had 155 acres of hardwood and pine trees.
Community and Church - He was past president of the Danville Lions Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Danville for 54 years, and served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and was chairman of the building committee during construction of the present Sanctuary. Family members include his wife of 63 years, Allie Jean Cobb Moudy; son & daughter-in-law, Dr. Forrest & Sandra Moudy of Danville; grandchildren & spouses, Ross & Melissa Moudy of Russellville, Susan & Matthew Millsap of Ft. Worth, TX, Marcus & Jennifer Moudy of Russellville; great grandchildren, Natalie Millsap, Parker Millsap, Katelyn McConnell, and Karsyn Moudy; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kathy Moudy of El Dorado; sister, Louise Hayes of Morrilton; sister-in-law, Lamoyne Moudy of Little Rock, and many nieces & nephews. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 2, 2008)
Rubert Roscoe Moudy (1898 - 1969)
Addie M Robinson Moudy (1898 - 1986)
Linton C Moudy (1920 - 2008)
Paul E. Moudy (1923 - 2006)*
Billy John Moudy (1934 - 2013)*
Upper Spring Creek Cemetery
Created by: Jan Breshears Thomas
Record added: Feb 12, 2010
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