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12 Texas Aggie War Heroes

From World War I to Vietnam

James R. Woodall

Publication Year: 2015

Following on the success of Texas Aggie Medals of Honor, James R. Woodall now returns with a new book that focuses on the military service by graduates of Texas A&M University from World War I to Vietnam. Of the tens of thousands of Aggies who served in the nation’s military, Woodall has selected twelve individuals who stand out as singular examples of bravery and heroism.
Twelve Texas Aggie War Heroes tells each serviceman’s story in a concise, readable manner. Some subjects, such as Earl Rudder and James Hollingsworth, will be familiar to readers. But Woodall also introduces us to less familiar but no less notable men as well, from A. D. Bruce’s march from the trenches of France and the crossing of the Rhine in World War I to Bob Acklen’s three tours in Vietnam.
In addition to the twelve chapters focusing on these remarkable individuals, Woodall has provided an extensive set of appendixes that include the relevant citations for each serviceman as well as larger lists of Aggies who were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Air Force Cross.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xiii

Dr. Robert Gates, while serving as president of Texas A&M University, described the school as a “unique American university.” Since the day he made that statement, it has been repeated over and over...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xvi

You could say that the number twelve is a mystical number for students and former students of Texas A&M University. The fascination dates back to January 1922, when an underdog Texas Aggie football...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xix

Over the more than three years spent writing this book, many people have provided encouragement and support. There were some who made significant contributions, and I would like to thank them...

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1. Defender of Corregidor

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pp. 1-22

George Fleming Moore was born in Austin, Texas, on July 31, 1887, the son of John M. and Estelle Moore. George had an older brother, Fleming, born in 1884. The family increased in 1890 with the birth...

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2. Father of Fort Hood

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pp. 23-48

“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could” would have been an appropriate bumper sticker for Andrew Davis Bruce’s automobile if they had existed when he was growing up. Born in Saint Louis...

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3. Doolittle Raider

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pp. 49-64

In 1909 Sherman, Texas, was a quiet, small town of a little over 10,000 people located in Northeast Texas seventy-five miles north of Dallas and about ten miles south of the Oklahoma border. Named after...

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4. Rangers Lead the Way

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pp. 65-91

At the sixtieth anniversary of the Normandy Invasion at Point du Hoc, Pres. Ronald Reagan asked, “Where do we get such men?” One such man was James Earl Rudder, who commanded the 2nd Ranger Battalion...

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5. Flying Tiger Ace

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pp. 92-120

During World War II, a group of American fighter pilots fought the Japanese in the skies over China and Burma. Some called them mercenaries, but this group of flamboyant, daring, and courageous flyers...

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6. Battlefield and Congressional Tiger

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pp. 121-139

Olin Earl Teague was born on April 6, 1910, on a wheat farm near Woodward, Oklahoma, to James Martin and Ida Sturgeon Teague. Woodward, located in northwestern Oklahoma, is the county seat of Woodward...

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7. Highpockets, One Tough Marine

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pp. 140-161

Raymond Leroy Murray was born on January 30, 1913, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Thomas F. and Alice Rogers Murray. He was their first child and was followed by two brothers and three sisters...

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8. Sole Survivor of Torpedo Squadron 8

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pp. 162-176

The early months of 1942 were dark days for America. The US Pacific Fleet had suffered devastating losses at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and that same month Guam and Wake Island had fallen to the...

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9. Danger 79er

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pp. 177-199

James Francis Hollingsworth was born on his family’s farm seven miles northwest of the small town of Sanger, Texas, on March 24, 1918, the first son of James Newton Hollingsworth and Mamie Ella Hollingsworth...

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10. Aggie Ace of Aces

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pp. 200-216

Jay Thorpe Robbins was born on September 16, 1919, in Coolidge, Texas. His father, Jacob Isaiah Robbins Jr., was a blacksmith who owned 750–1,000 acres divided among four farms. Three of these grew...

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11. Kyle Field Star, Battlefield Hero

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pp. 217-232

Fort Worth’s North Side High School boasts several notable graduates, including Bob Schieffer, veteran television journalist; Johnny Rutherford, three- time Indianapolis 500 champion; Yale Lary...

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12. Three Tours Are Enough

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pp. 233-248

Vietnam was America’s most unpopular war. More than two million servicemen and women served in the conflict, most honorably and bravely. Some were drafted and went reluctantly to Vietnam...

Appendix 1

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pp. 249-270

Appendix 2

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pp. 271-276

Notes

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pp. 277-292

Bibliography

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pp. 293-298

Index

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pp. 299-310

Maps

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E-ISBN-13: 9781623493226
E-ISBN-10: 1623493226
Print-ISBN-13: 9781623493196

Page Count: 352
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Publication Year: 2015

OCLC Number: 935989769
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  • Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas -- Alumni and alumnae -- Biography.
  • Texas A & M University -- Alumni and alumnae -- Biography.
  • Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Corps of Cadets -- Biography.
  • Texas A & M University. Corps of Cadets -- Biography.
  • Veterans -- Texas -- Biography.
  • Heroes -- Texas -- Biography.
  • United States Armed Forces -- Biography.
  • United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
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