Grady Hillman Cathey, France 1918

Grady Hillman Cathey, Born December 23, 1890, was one of eight children. He served his country in the United States Army during World War I, under John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing. Pershing was known for being the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front during WWI in 1918; later he was promoted to General of the Armies.

Like Pershing, Grady Cathey contracted the Spanish Flu in 1918, a pandemic that struck most of his regiment as well as the rest of the world. A pandemic that killed more people than the Great War itself. Pershing and Cathey were part of a faction of people who survived the Spanish Flu; but due to the number of soldiers in his regiment falling ill and being taken by the Flu, Cathey never saw combat.

Grady Hillman Cathey returned to Smackover where he worked for 40 years walking the pipeline for the Lion Oil Refinery in El Dorado, Arkansas. His dedication and service is recognized in an exhibit at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover.

Grady Cathey died January 6, 1967, but his legacy lives on.

Photo & bio submitted by:
Steven L. Cathey, M.D.
Chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board
Grandson of Grady Hillman Cathey