Noone who sees the photo soon forgets it: A small boy, about 3 years old, dressed in a child-sized Ku Klux Klan robe and pointed hat, reaches out to touch his reflection in a riot shield as the African-American trooper holding the shield looks down at him. It was a fleeting moment away from the main action during a Barrow County Ku Klux Klan group’s rally on Sept. 5, 1992, in downtown Gainesville, and just before the little boy’s mother pulled him away. (Photo: Todd Robertson)
James Arness, USA 1943-45 WW II. Arness, who was 6’7”, said he wanted to be a fighter pilot but the height limit for aviators was 6’2”. He was drafted in ’43, served as a rifleman in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. After several surgeries he was discharged but had a lifelong limp. Earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.