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Railroad Special Agents William Schuldt and Milford Merrifield were recognized on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Louisiana Law Enforcement Memorial in New Orleans, LA (Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery).  Both Agents lost their lives in the line of duty.

On October 11, 1922, Texas and Pacific Railroad Special Agent requested that two railroad employees take him across the river in a skiff to inspect a train.  The skiff developed a leak several hundred feet from shore and sank.  The other two employees were able to swim to safety, but Special Agent Merrifield was caught in the current and pulled downstream.  His body was recovered several days later.

On July 2, 1930, Special Agent William Schuldt boarded a train in New Orleans and was riding it to protect it from thieves.  When the train stopped outside of Schriever, LA, he exited the caboose and was walking alongside of it.  It is believed that he attempted to board the train again as it begun to move, but fell beneath the wheels.  His body was found the following morning during a search by other railroad employees.

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Top picture left to right: Retired Union Pacific Lt. Paul Miller, Lt. Thomas Carmichael, and Sr. Special Agent Zach Albritton.  These agents attended the 2017 Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in New Orleans, LA where Texas & Pacific Railroad Special Agent Milford Merrifield and Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent William Schuldt lost there lives in the line of duty.  Pictures courtesy of David Boudreaux. ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Left to right are retired Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Special Agents James "Diamond Jim" Watson, Joe Walthall, Bubba Barefield, James "Jay" Plummer, Glen "Skinny" Grannan, and Paul Miller.  Jay was diagnosed with ALS and passed on August 7, 2016.  He will always be remember as a best friend and a very good Railroad Cop.

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Letter shared by  George Marshino.

Letter shared by  George Marshino.

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August 2004, Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents assigned to Executive Protection Detail at President George Bush's National Republican Convention in New York.  Top picture left to right:  Mark Kalinowski, Bill Meadows, Steve Ray, Scott Broussard, Dorothy Peck, Paul Miller, Brian Daniell, Jim Beach, Bubba Barefield, Landon McDowell.  Kneeling left to right:  Larry Diaz, Darin Archer, Joe Walthall.

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Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent RC Langford and K-9 Carin assigned to Houston, TX.

Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent RC Langford and K-9 Carin assigned to Houston, TX.

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Re: America’s last moving train robbery!

As a professional researcher with unmatched credentials, I love debunking especially history books.

My latest does just that!  America ’s last moving train robber was not Jesse James or Butch Cassidy.

Instead it was Lu and his gang featured in my latest book.

"Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails"

Book Out March 16, 2015, The History Press, ISBN-13: 978-1626198937

True story firsthand account by America ’s last moving train robber as told to author Wilson Casey .

In 1949, two bandits from Youngstown , OH boarded a B & O passenger train from Washington , DC to Detroit .  In the West Virginia mountains near Martinsburg,  Luman “Lu” Ramsdell and his gang stopped the train to rob and terrorize nearly 150 people on board.  They pistol-whipped several and shot at others before exiting the train to next rob a tavern and hijack getaway cars.  National headlines likened the event to the exploits of Jess James and the halcyon days of the wild West.  Lu and the gang led authorities on a chase that ended with a harrowing shootout five blocks from the white House.  Climb aboard with author Wilson Casey for a firsthand account from the head bandit himself in the true tale of America ’s last moving train robbery.

Wilson Casey

“Trivia” Guinness World Record Holder

Multi-Published Author

Syndicated Columnist (500+ Papers)

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Railroad Special Agents who presented a Crossing Accident Reduction Education (CARE) class in New Iberia, LA in 2017.  Left to right are: BNSF Special Agent PB Rivera, KCS Special Agent Shane Bertrand, BNSF Special Agent Ken Steward, and Union Pacific Special Agent Quincy Bryant.

Railroad Special Agents who presented a Crossing Accident Reduction Education (CARE) class in New Iberia, LA in 2017.  Left to right are: BNSF Special Agent PB Rivera, KCS Special Agent Shane Bertrand, BNSF Special Agent Ken Steward, and Union Pacific Special Agent Quincy Bryant.

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February 17, 2016, El Paso, Tx.  Left to right: US Customs and Border Patrol Agent Mercado, Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Quincy Bryant, US Customs and Border Patrol Agent McCarthy.  Agents worked together for the Pope's visit to Juarez, Mexico.

February 17, 2016, El Paso, Tx.  Left to right: US Customs and Border Patrol Agent Mercado, Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Quincy Bryant, US Customs and Border Patrol Agent McCarthy.  Agents worked together for the Pope's visit to Juarez, Mexico.

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Amtrak's Police new Detective Challenge Coin (2017)

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October 21, 2017, Avondale, Louisiana.  Left to right Union Pacific Railroad Lieutenant John "Zach" Albritton, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Quincy Bryant together to recognize the Union Pacific's great performance in hiring armed force members.

Above picture:  Union Pacific's Locomotive No. 1943, The Spirit, is the 16th commemorative locomotive introduced in the 155 year-old company's history.  The Spirit honors the United States' armed forces and the men and women who fill their ranks.  Created in collaboration with Union Pacific Veterans, the locomotive illustrates the railroad's connection to the thousands of veterans who helped build America through the centuries.

The Moniker

A Boeing B-17 was christened the Spirit of the Union Pacific in 1943, recognizing employees who funded it through war bond contributions.  The Spirit of the Union Pacific was assigned to the 571st Bomber Squadron and shot down on its fifth mission during a raid on enemy installations in Munster, Germany.

Honoring the Armed Forces

Every detail in The Spirit's trade dress incorporates a piece of each U.S. armed forces branch.  

The Spirit's front is symbolic of Air Force Silver, and the blue stripe is a reflection of the former Stategic Air Command's "nose sash."  The lettering inside the sash is the original hand-drawn font used on the B-17.  It is followed by the Coast Guard's "Racing Stripe" and the Navy's Battleship Gray, which frames Union Pacific's traditional American Flag.  The military camouflage is a nod to the Army and Marines.

As the train passes by, the final message on the tail is dedicated to U.S. prisoner of war and those missing in action, featuring the POW/MIA symbol and its motto, "You Are Not Forgotten."

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October 17, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana,  Retirement party for Union Pacific Lieutenant Thomas Carmichael

Left to right:  All retired Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents.  Billy "Bubba Barefield, Paul Miller, Toby Trevett, Thomas Carmichael and Glen "Skinny' Grannan.

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