Ernest Busby, A Giving Supporter Of The Community
7/17/2013 by BY MIMI BROWN
Ernest Busby retired from the United States Air Force on June 30, 1973, as a Senior Master Sergeant, having served his country for 28 years, and returned to Teague to become one of the most giving supporters of the community.
Ernest Busby was born in rural Rice, Texas to Ples Busby, a Freestone County native, and Mae Bell Butler, a Wood County native. He grew up in Rice and graduated from Jackson High School in Corsicana, Texas in 1945. Ernest was employed at The North American Aviation Defense Plant. ?I was inducted into the Army Air Corps and was called to active duty on August 6, 1945, the day that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan,? said Busby. His first assignment after basic training was to Walla Walla, Washington in October of 1945. The base was scheduled to close and he would be reassigned to Kelley AFB in San Antonio, Texas. The war had ended and Ernest decided to reenlist in the Army Air Corp on December 14, 1945 and on December 26, 1945 Ernest married the love of his life, Mildred Lankford of Teague, Texas. Their marriage was strong for 66 years until Mildred Busby?s death on September 7, 2012.
Mr. Busby said, ?My first duty assignment was training as a Aero Medical Specialist while my second assignment was Clerk Non-Typist. I also trained as a Clerk Typist during the same period.? It was interesting to know that in 1946, Mr. Busby played baseball for the military until 1948. He played with local Semi-pro Teams and was able to compete against teams and great players like Satchel Page.
In 1948 President Harry S. Truman integrated all branches of the Armed Forces. Busby?s job duties as a Classification Specialist consisted of handling Military assignments, promotions, transfers, etc. He was transferred to Norton AFB in San Bernadino, California and was promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 1949.
1950 would bring the Korean Conflict and Sergeant Busby was assigned to the Headquarters Wing and has the assignment of moving Personnel to Korea and the surrounding areas to participate in the war effort. After Korea he was stationed at Yokota AFB and was joined by his family in 1952. There he worked as a Career Guidance Supervisor and also managed the baseball and softball teams.
Upon returning to the United States in 1954 Sergeant Busby was stationed at Connally AFB in Waco, Texas, where he remained until August of 1966. ?I served as Master Sergeant, Personnel Supervisor, and additional duty First Sergeant,? said Busby. He was also involved in organizing Little League Teams, managing baseball and softball teams, men?s and women?s, as well as managing James Connally ?Over 35 Team.? They were ATC Champions in 1955. He also managed the Teague Tigers, a team composed of military and civilian men from Teague which Busby entered into the Annual Amateur Baseball Tournament at Katy Park 1956 ? 1963. K.K. Danielfield sponsored the team and the Teague Brickyard supplied the uniforms.
In the years following Ernest would be stationed in Azore, Portugal, 1966; Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas, 1968; Undorn Royal Thi AFB, 1970; and Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas where Senior Master Sergeant Busby retired.
Senior Master Sergeant Busby was awarded the Air Force Commendation, the Bronze Star for meritorious service, and served in the 57th Air Reserve Squdron, a unit that won outstanding awards for saving lives.
Following his remarkable service to the United States of America Mr. Busby was Freestone County VA Service Officer in Section 8, appointed to Civil Service and was the Veteran Benefit Counselor with the VA Regional Office in Waco where he retired from the working world but did not retire from service to his community. Moving back to Teague Mr. Busby served as City Alderman from 1988 to 1993, as Mayor Pro-Tem in 1990, and Mayor from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Busby is a member of the Teague Chapter of the American Legion and has worked tirelessly volunteering for The Lord?s Community Storehouse food pantry. He has volunteered many hours for fundraising efforts and lending himself to anything that was needed in our community. He is President of the Magnolia Benevolent Association and a faithful member of St. James United Methodist Church.
Mr. Ernest Busby?s life has not always been an easy one but has been richly blessed with the fulfillment of service to others. What a wonderful legacy to, someday, leave to his family.