12 Texas Aggie War Heroes: From World War I to Vietnam

12 Texas Aggie War Heroes: From World War I to Vietnam

12 Texas Aggie War Heroes: From World War I to Vietnam

12 Texas Aggie War Heroes: From World War I to Vietnam


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, engaging 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 provides 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.


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 in publications, speeches, and conversations as people try to describe the university, its students, and its former students. Having observed and experienced A&M up close, Dr. Gates recognized that there was something truly unique about A&M’s history, spirit, and traditions, about its students and former students.

Part of the special feeling he had about students and former students, no doubt, related to the Corps of Cadets and the gallantry and great leadership skills of A&M former students who helped fight our nation’s wars for more than 115 years. Over that time, the university provided far more than its share of “soldiers” for the military services. Aggies, it seems, are eager to serve, both in peacetime and when our freedom is threatened. From them have come many heroes: some who made the ultimate sacrifice, some who were awarded the Medal of Honor, and many who won awards like the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, and other medals of valor.

It is best we not forget our heroes, for they give us courage, hope, strength, and someone to rally around and follow—especially in time of war. Where would the United States be without great men like Washington, Pershing, MacArthur, Rickenbacker, Doolittle, Patton, Nimitz, Abrams, Stockdale, Schwarzkopf, and others? These are but a few of the highly decorated men who will forever stand as genuine American military heroes. Each in their own way provides an example of courage and leadership that bears study and remembrance.

Texas A&M University has its own list—a long list—of heroes who have demonstrated great courage, valor, strength, tenacity, perseverance, and leadership in combat. Most readers are familiar with the heroics of Maj. Gen. Earl Rudder and Lt. Gen. James Hollingsworth. But who are the other most notable Aggie heroes? the latter are who Col. Jim Woodall (USA, Ret.) introduces in his book 12 Texas Aggie War Heroes: From World War I to Vietnam. the number twelve is special with . . .

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