Charles D. Cabaniss

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Co. C 1951-1952, Bronze Star (Valor), Deceased 6/23/2016


CHARLES DAVIS CABANISS, 89, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Chuck, as he was known by friends, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 5, 1927 to Walter and Inez Cabaniss. He spent most of his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but moved to Garland, Texas his freshman year of high school. Chuck graduated as valedictorian of Garland High School in 1945, where he was yearbook editor, a class officer, and lettered in football and basketball. Immediately after graduation, he entered the United States Army and attended Officer Training School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Following his discharge in 1946, Chuck attended Texas A&M University where he served as co-editor of the Aggieland yearbook and sports editor of The Battalion, the school newspaper, as well as in a variety of student government positions. After graduating from A&M in 1950, he served a second tour in the military in the Korean War, during which he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Returning home in 1952, Chuck entered law school at the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Silver Spurs, class officer, and scholastic award winner. Following graduation in 1955, he began his legal career in the Dallas District Attorney’s office under Henry Wade. Moving to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas in 1962, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for over 35 years, receiving commendations from several federal courts and agencies. Early in his tenure, he held several leadership positions in the Federal Bar Association. During a one-year special assignment in the mid-1970’s, he served as the initial Attorney-in-Charge and Institute Director for the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. He had been the Chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney’s office for over 13 years when he retired in 1998. In 1960, he met Kathryn Landers Cabaniss of Dallas, and they were married on July 29, 1961 at Wilshire Baptist Church, which he faithfully attended for over fifty years. The couple’s first child, Kevin, was born in 1963, and a second child, Kristin, was born in 1965. Outside of his professional life, Chuck was very active in service and community activities, including coaching youth sports, serving as Nation Chief for YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses, and presiding over the Wildcat Club at Lake Highlands High School. His interests in research, journalism, and sports were combined in serving as Chairman of the Board and Historian of the Garland Sports Hall of Fame from 1995 through 2011, culminating in a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hall’s Board of Governors. In 2005, he was one of the inaugural four recipients of The Distinguished Alumni Award of the Garland High School Alumni Association. Having worked part-time as a sportswriter for some local community papers periodically from high school into the early years of his legal career, during retirement, Chuck researched and co-authored a book on the first century of Garland High School football, which was published several years ago. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he supported and encouraged his wife, children, and grandchildren in all of their endeavors, always making the time to be present for games, concerts, recitals, ceremonies, and countless other events. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathy, and seven of his eight siblings. He is survived by his children, Kevin and wife Carol, and Kristin, his three grandchildren, Peyton, Tanner, and Trace Cabaniss, his sister Juanita Shields, brother-in-law, Dr. Ray Landers, sister-in-law Jo Ann Miller, and a number of nieces and nephews. The Cabaniss family expresses their deep appreciation to Tonya Buford and Acapella In-Home Services for their compassionate care during Chuck’s final years. Memorials may be submitted to the George A. Mason Pathways Endowment for Wilshire Baptist Church’s Pastoral Residency program. Visitation will be at Restland Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Dr. George Mason will officiate the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams Road in Dallas.

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FIRST LIEUTENANT CHARLES D. CABANISS, O1340746, Infantry, Company “G”, 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 3 June 1951, the Second Platoon, commanded by Lieutenant CABANISS was assigned the mission of attacking Hill 466, near Sunbong-ni, Korea, to gain positions from which to cover the advance of the remainder of Company “C”. While engaged in the assault the platoon was brought under intense enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire and Lieutenant CABANISS moved about the embattled terrain to place his men in advantageous positions which he had reconnoitered the previous day. Later, when the Company Commander was wounded and had to be evacuated, Lieutenant CABANISS assumed command of the company. At that time the enemy launched a fanatical counterattack and the men, dispirited by heavy rain and an obvious increasing shortage of ammunition, began to become disorganized, but Lieutenant CABANISS made his way from man to man amid the volumous hostile barrage designating better positions and encouraging them. When an order was received to abandon that location, he skillfully organized a successful withdrawal to more tenable positions. Lieutenant CABANISS’ courageous and heroic actions under fire reflect high credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from the State of Texas.

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