For the record, I am 65 years old, I was born in 1957 in the State of California. I was raised in the suburbs of Covina, California in an average middle class home. During the first five years of my life, television was a relatively new invention, but by 1962, almost every home had one.
The reason I mention this, is because as a small child I remember sitting in front of our old RCA Victor 19 inch black and white television set watching some of the best shows that are now, only mentioned in history books (or on YouTube videos).
Growing up in the mid 1950’s and on up to the early 1960’s almost every kid in America knew who Davy Crockett was and that was thanks to Walt Disney and his television show on Sunday evening, on NBC called Walt Disney Presents.
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier is a 1955 American Western film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is an edited and recut compilation of the first three episodes of the Davy Crockett television miniseries. The episodes used were Davy Crockett Indian Fighter, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress, and Davy Crockett at the Alamo. The film stars Fess Parker as Davy Crockett.
I mention this because, as far back as I can remember, Davy Crockett was one of my earliest heroes as a child.
And as I grew older and read more about American history, the more I came to admire Davy Crockett and his career. I don’t have too many heroes, but I can say that the ones’ I do have, are all figures from American history.
During 1955 and 1960, there were two films made about the Davy Crockett and the Alamo, one by Walt Disney and the other by John Wayne called “The Alamo”. If you know anything about history, it is one of the most memorable stories of a valiant ‘last stand’.
It wasn’t until after the battle in 1836, that the valiant last stand at the Alamo was compared to the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, a small number of desperate men defending against a superior opposing force, where every member of both the Spartans and the defenders of the Alamo, died to a man defending their position.
But, thanks to more written historical eyewitness material being made available, the legend of every man dying in battle at the Alamo has come into question. The defenders of the Alamo were all killed, but some surrendered and were horrifically and brutally murdered by the orders of the Mexican General Santa Ana.
Eyewitness accounts state, that Davy Crockett was one of those men who surrendered and were then killed.
You can imagine that when this information was first revealed, that it wasn’t too popular with some, in fact, there are those historians that thought this was an outright lie. But, more accounts of eyewitnesses has been brought to light and as hard as it may seem for some to believe, Davy Crockett did surrender, and was executed after the battle.
It doesn’t diminish Mr. Crockett at all as far as I’m concerned, by all accounts of the eyewitnesses, Davy Crockett met his brutal end with bravery and dignity and after all, dead is just as dead whether fighting and dying in battle, or being executed afterwards.
The truth about the death of Davy Crockett has not tarnished his reputation one single bit. It has not changed my opinion of him one iota, he is still one of my greatest heroes! I only hope that when my time comes, that I can meet my end with the same bravery and dignity that Davy Crockett did.