Even though Sallie Lovorn is not a military historian, while researching an article she was writing she about two years ago she discovered a World War I land battle that she'd never heard of. It was cleverly camouflaged in plain sight, there were articles in magazines, it was on the internet, and in books- which made it very intriguing. The Battle of Ambos Nogales was fought across the Arizona-Mexico border at Nogales in part by troops of the 10th Cavalry headquartered at Fort Huachuca. Cross border shooting incidents, the arrest of a German spy, insolence and overbearing conduct by U.S. customs inspectors towards Mexican border crossers, the receipt of an anonymous letter, and a sense of heightened tension during WWI erupted into a full blown battle August 27, 1918 about 4:10 pm when a Mexican National failed to stop for inspection as he crossed the border from Nogales, Arizona to Nogales, Sonora. American and Mexican customs officials, military, and civilians took part in the fight and trying to stop it. The program she presents focuses on the local aspects of the story of the Battle of Ambos Nogales and some of the Americans who participated in it.

Sallie Beraud Lovorn was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Sallie is a graduate of Lafayette High School, L.S.U. with a B.S. in Education with Specialization in Speech and Hearing, and Florida State University with an M.S. in Audiology. She married her best male friend, Stephen Lovorn, then a PFC in the U.S. Army, in the Presidio of Monterey Chapel in Monterey California December 20, 1984. Sallie finished her Clinical Fellowship Year at the 97th General Hospital of the Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center in Frankfurt West Germany as an audiologist in the ENT Clinic earning her Clinical Certificate of Competence in Audiology in 1987. She gave birth to her first child in that hospital one floor below her office on her 6th wedding anniversary. While a geographically single Army wife and mom, she had two more children & raised all 3 for 11 years in Bastrop, Louisiana. All four moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona to join her husband at Fort Huachuca in May of 2002 shortly before his retirement from the U.S. Army September 11, 2003. Sallie enjoys volunteering, needlecrafts, researching, and writing.

The Cochise County Corral of the Westerners meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Schieffelin Hall, Fremont St. at 4th, Tombstone. Come and see this wonderful, historic theater built in 1882. There is an optional 5-ish pre-meeting dinner at the Longhorn Restaurant, Allen St., Tombstone. Call or email ahead so we can tell the restaurant how many to expect. This is Cochise County’s corral and all are welcome. For more information contact Sheriff Doug Hocking (doug@doughocking.com),378-1833, or Nevada Smith 520-642-7601; 775-482-7601, or Trail Boss Bob Spahle,bobsp1882@gmail.com, 732-1036. To R.S.V.P. for dinner, contact the Recorder of Marks and Brands Liz Severnljsevern@gmail.com, 220-6313. Everyone is invited.

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