The Mexican Border conflict started March 9, 1916, when Mexican bandits led by Poncho Vila attacked a camp of the 13th U.S. Calvary and the town of Columbus, New Mexico.

Under a presidential order, the Missouri National Guard was called to active duty from June to September of 1916 to fight in this conflict.

Information can be found or the state archives in Jefferson City if you have a name of an individual who may have served during this time. We have only been able to locate three veterans that served in this period and I feel there were probably more that served.

They are:

Brinkman, Arthur F.

McConnell, Warren

Rother, Alex M.

The Veterans Hall of Honor Committee was created to honor the Veterans who were associated with Franklin County. Criteria for inclusion in the Hall of Honor include: be a veteran having an honorable discharge, born or raised in Franklin County or lived in Franklin County for at least ten years (which is difficult to define in the earlier periods) or buried in Franklin County.

Anyone willing to donate pictures, military histories, military uniforms or insignias that you would like to have included and displayed in the Hall of Honor or if any one has service information or family history on the above names or veterans that were inadvertently not on the list please contact us.

The County's internet site is Go to Veterans Hall of Honor and complete the information sheet found there. Other contact information is

Phone numbers to call are 636-583-6360 (office) or 636-239-0317 (home). The mailing address is: Terry O. Wilson, 400 East Main Street, Room 206, Union, MO 63084.