Texas Aggie Medals of Honor: Seven Heroes of World War II

Texas Aggie Medals of Honor: Seven Heroes of World War II

by James R. Woodall
     
 

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Every Medal of Honor represents a story of gallantry, courage, and sacrifice. Conceived in the early 1860s, the Medal of Honor, awarded “in the name of the Congress of the United States,” has been presented to more than 3,000 members of the United States armed forces. Seven of the 464 Medals of Honor awarded during World War II went to Texas

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Every Medal of Honor represents a story of gallantry, courage, and sacrifice. Conceived in the early 1860s, the Medal of Honor, awarded “in the name of the Congress of the United States,” has been presented to more than 3,000 members of the United States armed forces. Seven of the 464 Medals of Honor awarded during World War II went to Texas Aggies.

Author James R. Woodall, a 1950 graduate of Texas A&M University and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, carried out a dedicated search of archives, family collections, and scores of other resources to gather, for the first time, the complete stories of these seven courageous men.

Texas Aggie Medals of Honor will undoubtedly be of great interest to former students of Texas A&M University, members of the Corps of Cadets, and others associated with the university and its distinguished tradition of military training and service. But the book will also hold great appeal, in the words of one advance reader, “to those interested in the nation’s highest award for valor and the individual stories of ordinary men who did extraordinary things when confronted by life-threatening situations in combat.”

“ . . . a fast moving narrative of short, thoughtful portraits of the lives of seven World War II Texas Aggie Medal of Honor recipients. . . has meaning for readers both inside and outside the Texas Aggie Nation, and they will certainly grasp Woodall’s admiration for these seven men and appreciate his tenacious research into their histories.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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Editorial Reviews

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"a fast moving narrative of short, thoughtful portraits of the lives of seven World War II Texas Aggie Medal of Honor recipients..."

"has meaning for readers both inside and outside the Texas Aggie Nation, and they will certainly grasp Woodall's admiration for these seven men and appreciate his tanacious research into their histories."

"Texas Aggie Medals of Honor has meaning for readers both inside and outside the Texas Aggie Nation."

— William McWhorter

From the Publisher

". . . a one-of-a-kind, scintillating story of seven innocent young Texas Aggies who went off to war and became heroes of the highest order. In a superbly organized and researched effort, Woodall tells their stories with completeness and eloquence.”—Thomas G. Darling ’54, Major General, USAF (Ret.), Commandant Emeritus

 “ . . . a fast moving narrative of short, thoughtful portraits of the lives of seven World War II Texas Aggie Medal of Honor recipients. . . has meaning for readers both inside and outside the Texas Aggie Nation, and they will certainly grasp Woodall’s admiration for these seven men and appreciate his tenacious research into their histories.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Henry C. Dethloff

“Col. Woodall has delved deeply in writing the story of Texas A&M’s seven Medal of Honor recipients. He brings to this task a life experience, an understanding, a commitment, and compassion like no other. This is a remarkable story, well told!”— Henry C. Dethloff, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University; author of The Centennial History of Texas A&M University and Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service of Their Country

Southwestern Historical Quarterly - William McWhorter

" . . . a fast moving narrative of short, thoughtful portraits of the lives of seven World War II Texas Aggie Medal of Honor recipients. . . has meaning for readers both inside and outside the Texas Aggie Nation, and they will certainly grasp Woodall's admiration for these seven men and appreciate his tenacious research into their histories."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623490454
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
08/23/2013
Series:
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series, #132
Edition description:
Original TAMU Press book
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Henry C. Dethloff

“Col. Woodall has delved deeply in writing the story of Texas A&M’s seven Medal of Honor recipients. He brings to this task a life experience, an understanding, a commitment, and compassion like no other. This is a remarkable story, well told!”—Henry C. Dethloff, Prof. Emeritus, Texas A&M University; author of The Centennial History of Texas A&M University and Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service of Their Country

Henry C. Dethloff, Prof. Emeritus, Texas A&M University

Meet the Author


JAMES R. WOODALL ’50 holds, among other awards, the Silver Star and three Bronze Stars. Following his tenure as commandant of cadets at Texas A&M University, Colonel Woodall retired from the U.S. Army and presently makes his home in College Station.

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