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Devereaux, Frank

Devereaux, Frank

Devereaux, Frank

Date: Thursday, February 09, 2012

Interview 247a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Frank Devereaux reminisces about his life growing up in Diboll and attending high school in Lufkin. He also describes his time in the Army Air Corps during World War II and playing high school football in Lufkin. Although a resident of Diboll, Mr. Devereaux moved to Lufkin in order to play football at Lufkin High School for legendary coach Abe Martin. After a short time in college, Mr. Devereaux joined the Army Air Corps and became a bombardier on a B-25 in the 12th Air Force, 380th Bomb Squadron, 310th Bomb Group based on the island of Corsica and then in Fano, Italy. Returning home from the war, he finished his degree and became a teacher and football coach in south and southeast Texas in the districts of West Columbia, Angleton, and Huffman, eventually becoming a school Superintendent and retiring as the Assistant Superintendent of the Cleveland, Texas schools. He also mentions the racial integration of Cleveland's schools.