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Texas Rangers: Killed in the Line of Duty

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The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum staff estimates that fewer than 1% of the individuals who have served as Texas Rangers died in the line of duty. The following list has been compiled from official sources and manuscript records by:

Capt. W.W. Sterling, deceased
Collected information while Texas Ranger Captain and later Texas Adjutant General

Dan Agler
Former Curatorial Technician,
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

Fred Wilkins
Author of the recent book, The Legend Begins

The list is not complete -- and may never be -- due to gaps in the historical record. It will be updated as new material is uncovered and research progresses. Anyone having information about Rangers killed in the line of duty is invited to submit it for inclusion on this list.

Latest Update -- January 5, 1999

DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY RANGERS 1935 - Present

DOHERTY, BOBBY PAUL--- Ranger in Co B
Shot by Gregory Ott during a narcotics raid in Argyle, Texas, February 21, 1978.

GUFFEY, STANLEY KEITH --- Sgt. in Co F
Shot by Brent A. Beeler while rescuing 3 year old Kara Lee Whitehead, February 22, 1987.
Guffy’s partner Sgt. John Aycock shot and killed Beeler.

NORDYKE, CLARENCE R.----Ranger in Co E
Killed in a car/train accident, October 4, 1955.

WHITE, H. A.---- Ranger in Co A
Killed in a car/train accident near Richmond,Texas, December 8, 1961. DPS polygraph operator, Oscar B. Brett was also killed.

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Frontier Battalion Rangers 1874 - 1901
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TEXAS STATE RANGERS 1901 - 1935

ALSOBROOK, WILL M.---Pvt. in Co I
Died December 9, 1919 "In the Line of Duty." Shot on the 8th, died on the 9th.

BUCHANAN, JOE BEN ---- Pvt. in Co A
Record noted "Killed in Action", December 25, 1921.

BURDETT, ROBERT L.---Pvt. in Co B
Record states "Killed in Action", June 7, 1915.

CARNES, QUIRL BAILEY----Pvt. in C D
Shot from ambush by Mexican Bandits near San Benito, Cameron County, Texas, July 31, 1910.

GOFF, TOM J.----Pvt. in Co C
Killed by his prisoner, Augustine Garcia near Terlingua, Texas, September 13, 1905

HULEN, EUGENE B.--- Pvt. in Co C
Shot from ambush by Mexican Bandits May 24, 1916. Also killed was U.S. Mounted Customs Inspector Joe Sitters, a former Ranger.

HUNT, R.E.----- Pvt. in Co L
Died of Spanish Influenza, October 15, 1918. He had been ordered to El Paso to assist the health inspector with the quarantine and as a result contracted the disease and died.

McDUFFIE, DAN L.--- Pvt. in Co C
Shot at Gladewater, Texas, record noted "Killed in the Line of Duty", July 7, 1931.

PENNINGTON, BEN L.----Pvt. in Co L
Record notes "Died of Spanish Influenza" October 12, 1918. Sent to El Paso to assist the quarantine officer and contracted the disease.

PERKINS, T.E.P. ----Pvt. in Co L
Reported as shot and mutilated by Mexican bandits November 7, 1918.

RANSOM, HENRY L.----Capt. of Co C
Shot in a hotel in Sweetwater, Texas, April 1, 1918.

ROBUCK, EMMETT----Pvt. in Co C
Shot from ambush by Mexican bandits near Brownsville, Texas, September 9, 1902.

RUSSELL, SCOTT---- Pvt. in Co A
Shot at a smelter near El Paso, Texas, June 23, 1913.

SADLER, L.T.--- Pvt. in Co G
Record notes "Killed accidentally on Devil’s River", September 15, 1918|.

SHAW, JOE R. ----Pvt. in Co G
Record notes killed, August 21, 1918.

STILLWELL, W.P.----Pvt. in Co F
Record notes killed on the Rio Grande River near Santa Helena, April 3, 1918.

THOMAS, H.M. ‘DOC’--- Pvt. in Co A
Killed in Amarillo, Texas, January 6, 1909.

TIMBERLAKE, DELBERT---- Pvt. in Co F
Shot from ambush by Mexican smugglers near Brownsville, Texas, October 11, 1918.

TURNER, H.R. LUCK----Pvt. Co C Died
Died of a heart attack while investigating the murder of a Baylor coed, July 11, 1933. She was the niece of Capt. Hammond, Co. C Texas Rangers.

WHITE, EMMETT--- Pvt. in Co C
Record noted Killed. He was run over by a oil field truck on "Pistol Hill" near Kilgore, Texas, August 8, 1933.

WHITE, HOMER---- Pvt. in Co A
Shot on the RR Depot platform at Weatherford, Texas by E.S.Clark, February 4, 1908.

WHITE, JOHN DUDLEY---Pvt. in Co B
Killed by draft evaders in San Augustine County, July 12, 1918.

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FRONTIER BATTALION RANGERS 1874 - 1901

ANGLIN, W.B.---Pvt. in Co B
Killed in a fight with Indians, June 29, 1879. Buried at the site of the battle thought to be on the Mabee Ranch in Midland County.


BAILEY, D.W.H.----Pvt. in Co B
Killed by Indians in the Lost Valley fight, July 12, 1874.

BIEDIGER, LORENZO--- Pvt. in Co E Frontier Forces killed December 6, 1870. Killed in a fight with Indians.

BINGHAM, GEORGE R. ‘RED’---- Pvt. in Co D
Killed by bandits near Presidio Del Norte, July 3, 1880.

BOHANNON, WILLIAM M.--- Pvt. in Co C
Died of Typhoid Fever contracted while out on a scout, July 2, 1885.

DOATY, R.E.---Pvt. in Co E
Record noted Killed in Action. Shot by Mexican Bandits, March 22, 1892.

FULLER, T.L.----Lieut. in Co B
Shot in a barber shop in Orange,Texas by Tom Poole, October 15, 1900.

FUSSELMAN, CHARLES----Sgt. in Co D
Shot while pursuing Mexican Bandits near Ysleta, Texas, April 17, 1890

GLASS, W.A.---- Pvt. in Co B
Killed by Indians in the Lost Valley fight, July 12, 1874.

GRAVIS, J.F.----Pvt. in Co D
Killed by Mexican raiders, August 4, 1890 ?

JONES, FRANK ---- Capt. of Co D
Killed in a fight with Mexican bandits near San Elizario, Texas, June 30, 1893.

JONES, HENRY--- Pvt. in Co C Kendall Co Minutemen
Killed by Indians in the Lost Valley fight, July 12, 1874.

McBRIDE, J.E.---- 3rd Sgt. in Co C
Killed in the "El Paso Salt War", December 17, 1877.

McCARTY, TIM--- Pvt. in Co A
Killed near Ft. McKavitt, January 2, 1878.

McKIDRICT, JOE----Pvt. in Co D
Shot by Bass Outlaw, April 4, 1894.

MOORE, J.H. ‘JIM’----- Pvt. in Co C
Killed in a shootout with the Conner gang near San Augustine, Texas, March 31, 1887.

MORTIMER, C.E.---4th Sgt. in Co C
Killed in "The El Paso Salt War", December 13, 1877.

OSGOOD, JOSEPH F. --- Pvt. in Co. Of Frontiersmen
Muster roll notes died in 1874.

RICHARZ, WALTER----Pvt. in Co E Frontier Forces
Killed in a fight with Indians between Ft. Inge and the Leona River, December 6, 1870.

RIFF, JOSEPH---- Pvt. in Co E Killed
Killed by Indians near the Leona River, December 6, 1870.

RUZIN, A.A.--- Pvt. in Co C
Killed in a fight with Indians, August 10, 1878.

SIEKER, Frank E. --- Pvt. in Co D
Killed by Mexican Bandits, May 17, 1885

SMITH, L.B.’SONNY’---- Pvt. in Special Force
Killed in a fight with Mexican bandits near Brownsville, Texas, June 12, 1875.

SWIFT, A.M.----Pvt. in Co F Frontier Forces
Killed in a fight with Indians, December 27, 1870

WARREN, B.G.---Pvt. in Co E
Shot from ambush at Weatherford, Texas, February 10, 1885.

WOODS, J.W.---Pvt. in Co E
Disappeared while working under cover, November 30, 1893

Dept. of Public Safety Rangers 1935 - Present | Texas State Rangers 1901 - 1935 |
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THE RANGING COMPANIES 1823 - 1869

BIRD, JOHN---Capt.
Killed in a fight with Indians at the Battle of Bird’s Creek, May 26, 1839.

BULLOCK, JULIUS----Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Kickapoo Indians, October 12, 1838.

CARPENTER, J.W.-----Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Kickapoo Indians, October 12, 1838.

CLARK, DAVID-----Pvt.
Killed by Indians in the Big Elm Creek Fight, January 7, 1837.

FOHR, PETER-----Pvt.
Killed in a fight between Jack Hays’ Rangers and Indians, June of 1844.

GAY, THOMAS---- Pvt.
Killed by Indians in the Battle of Bird’s Creek, May 26, 1839.

HALL, H.M.C.----Pvt.
Killed by Indians at the Battle of Bird’s Creek, May 26, 1839.

NASH, JESSE E.----Pvt.
Killed by Indians at the Battle of Bird’s Creek, May 26, 1839.

NICKLES, ROBERT----Pvt.
Killed by Indians in the Canadian River Fight, May 12, 1858.

SCOTT, THOMAS M.----Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Indians, October 12, 1838.

SMITH, A.T.----Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Indians, August 5, 1841.

STEIN, JOHN---- Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Indians, December 7, 1841.

THOMPSON, JONATHON----Pvt. Mounted Rangers
Killed by the accidental discharge of a musket, February 27, 1859.

WACO INDIAN---Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Iron Jacket’s Indians, May 12, 1858.

WEAVER, WILLIAM----Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Indians in Battle of Bird’s Creek, May 26, 1839.

WILSON, JOHN---Pvt.
Killed in a fight with Indians, October 12, 1838.

WOODRUFF, F.B.----Pvt.
Killed by Mexican bandits in the Cortina War, February 4, 1860.

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RANGERS IN MILITARY SERVICE 1823 - 1874
Minuteman & Mounted Volunteer Units

Prior to the Frontier Battalion in 1874, frontier protection was often accomplished by groups of men organized into militia organizations. During the Mexican War, early statehood and the Civil War, Texas army Texas militia, C.S.A. and U.S. Army units were posted on the frontier. It is a confusing and often difficult task to determine whether an individual was a Ranger or a member of a "regular" Texas military unit. SOmetimes, as in the Mexican War, Rangers were ordered into U.S. service. In the Civil War, whole Ranger units were drafted into the Confederate service.

The following list of men died while a member of a military unit stationed exclusively in Texas and whose mission was to protect the settlements. This information has been taken from state and federal military muster rolls and reports.

BRYANT, CHARLES G.----Major Texas Mounted Volunteers.
Killed by Indians between Corpus Christi and Goliad, January 12, 1850

CLARK, ALVIN A.------Pvt. Co C Parker County Minutemen.
Killed in a fight with Indians, June 29, 1866.

DRENNAN,THOMAS-----Sgt. Texas Mounted Volunteers
Died July 16,1851 of disease.

HARRIS, E. -------------Pvt. Texas Mounted Rangers
Killed by Mexican troops near Port Isabel, April 28, 1846.

HASTINGS,H.H.------Pvt. Texas Mounted Rangers
Killed by Mexican troops near Port Isabel, April 28, 1846.

PROSTOSKI, JOSEPH ------Pvt. Texas Mounted Rangers
Killed by Mexican troops near Port Isabel, April 28, 1846.

RADCLIFFE, EDWARD S.------1st Sgt. Texas Mounted Rangers
Killed by Mexican troops near Port Isabel, April 28, 1846.

ROBINSON, J.----------------Pvt. Texas Mounted Rangers
Killed by Mexican troops near Port Isabel, April 28, 1846.

WATERS, WILLIAM-----Pvt. Texas Mounted Rangers
Killed by Mexican Troops near Port Isabel, April 28, 1846

WILLIS, HENRY J. ------Pvt. Texas Mounted Volunteers
Killed in a Fight with Indians on the San Saba River, September 15, 1851.

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