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THE HISTORY OF JESSE & THE HOGG BROTHERS
The long story
For those who need to know the long history of Jesse & The Hogg Brothers...
At the age of 17 Horace Lee "Pappy" Hogg was living in a trailer in Bosque County outside of Clinton, Texas in 1952 when he was drafted into the US Army. Soon he was on his way to fight in the Korean War. There he met Travis Braintree, a member of Company E of the 31st Infantry. They fought side by side at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. On the night of April 16, 1953, shortly before midnight, a hail of artillery signaled a sudden infantry assault by a Chinese battalion. Pork Chop Hill was quickly overrun, although isolated bunkers were defended by U.S. soldiers. During this battle Pappy Hogg was wounded, and Travis carried him on his back to one of the bunkers. Hogg’s life was saved, and the two became the best of friends. After the war Hogg retired from the army, married Betty Louise Dodson, and they quickly had two sons, PJ and Junior. Braintree reenlisted and was stationed in TX. Braintree eventually met and fell in love with Pappy’s sister, Thelma Hogg, and they were married in February of 1966. After only a few months of wedded bliss, Travis was sent to Vietnam, but not before Thelma became pregnant with Jesse and his twin sister Becky Ann.
That year Pappy got divorced and quickly wed his 2nd wife, Tammy Lee. Tragically, in the spring of 1967 Travis was reported Missing In Action near Hanoi. He was never heard from again. Pappy took in his sister and her children and helped raise the twins along with his new sons, Neil and Robert T. The boys grew up with Jesse listening to Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and many other country heroes. The family loved to watch Hee Haw together. And they really jammed too when cousin Beau brought over his boy Buzz who was Pappy's first guitar student that really bonded what would be the foundation of the band to follow decades later. .