Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service of Their Country, Expanded Edition

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When their country calls, Texas Aggies go to war. From the Spanish-American War and World War I to the Second Gulf War, Aggies have been in the forefront of America's armed forces, producing more officers than any other school outside the service academies. More than 20,000 Texas Aggies served in World War II, for instance, including more than 14,000 as commissioned officers. Trained in leadership and the knowledge required for warfare, Aggies have served with distinction in all...
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When their country calls, Texas Aggies go to war. From the Spanish-American War and World War I to the Second Gulf War, Aggies have been in the forefront of America's armed forces, producing more officers than any other school outside the service academies. More than 20,000 Texas Aggies served in World War II, for instance, including more than 14,000 as commissioned officers. Trained in leadership and the knowledge required for warfare, Aggies have served with distinction in all branches of the military service.

In this newly updated compilation of the impressive war record of Texas Aggies, stories of individual soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines are displayed with an abundance of statistics, maps, and tables. These narratives include First-person accounts of Aggie heroism in battle in all the wars in which A&M former students have fought; The horrific experiences of some of the eighty-seven Aggies who were stationed at Corregidor and Bataan; The perils of five Aggies who participated in the raid over Tokyo with Jimmie Doolittle; The heroics of the seven Medal of Honor recipients from Texas A&M during World War II; James Earl Rudder's leadership of the Ranger assault at Normandy on D-Day; Examples of vigorous support and devotion to duty given by Aggies in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

Texas Aggies Go to War celebrates the school's distinctive Corps of Cadets and its military contributions while honoring the individual sacrifices of its members. Those who fought and those who remember them will find here a comprehensive account of the distinguished war record of this school.

This book was initiated and sponsored by a group of former students who provided fundingthrough the Texas A&M Foundation. All proceeds from the book will be used to benefit the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

About the Author:
Henry C. Dethloff, an emeritus professor of history at Texas A&M University, is author of The Centennial History of Texas A&M University, 1876-1976

About the Author:
John A. Adams, Jr., holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University. He is the author of Keepers of the Spirit: The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876-2001

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Editorial Reviews

Rod Andrew

“Will interest and please its primary audience of Texas Aggies, especially veterans. I believe it also does a good job of portraying the variety and breadth of Aggie military service in war and peace. . . . one of its greatest strengths is the authors’ ability to integrate the individual stories of Texas A&M alumni into the larger story of America’s military history.”--Rod Andrew, Jr., Assistant Professor of History, Clemson University
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HENRY C. DETHLOFF, an emeritus professor of history at Texas A&M University, is author of The Centennial History of Texas A&M University, 1876–1976.JOHN A. ADAMS JR. holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University. He is the author of Keepers of the Spirit: The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876–2001.
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"Since the university's founding in 1876, Texas Aggies have provided exemplary leadership and service to their state and their country in peace and in war. . . . Texas Aggies Go to War: In Service of Their Country is a remarkable story, one that makes me value and admire my adopted university all the more."—George

H. W. Bush, from the Foreword

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Table of Contents


List of Maps     vi
List of Tables     vii
Foreword   George H. W. Bush     ix
Preface     xi
The A&M College of Texas and the Military Tradition     3
Cuba Libre: Texas Aggies and the Spanish-American War     11
Bordering on War     29
Over There     43
Between the Wars, 1919-1941     63
We've Never Been Licked     78
Uncle Sam Needs You!     96
Counterattack     114
North Africa to Italy     135
From Normandy to the Gates of Berlin     155
War in the Pacific     181
The Impact of Peace     205
The Cold War     223
Korea: The Forgotten War     241
From Korea to Vietnam: An End and a New Beginning     259
Vietnam: Eye of the Dragon     276
A Global Commitment     302
Desert Storm: Iraqi Freedom     318
A Tradition of Service: The Civilian Soldier     357
Notable Aggies     363
Appendices
Ranks and Grades (U.S. Armed Services)     369
Army and Marine Organization: Levels of Command     370
Air Force Organization: Levels of Command     371
Navy Organization: Levels of Command     372
Aircraft Identification and Description     373
Awards and Decorations     377
Texas Aggies Who Died in the Military Service of Their Country during World War II     378
Notes     389
Glossary     429
Index     431
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