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

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Texas A&M University Press, Dec 11, 2015 - History - 352 pages
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.
 

Contents

1 Defender of Corregidor
1
2 Father of Fort Hood
23
3 Doolittle Raider
49
4 Rangers Lead the Way
65
5 Flying Tiger Ace
92
6 Battlefield and Congressional Tiger
121
MAPS
139
7 Highpockets One Tough Marine
140
10 Aggie Ace of Aces
200
11 Kyle Field Star Battlefield Hero
217
12 Three Tours Are Enough
233
APPENDIX 1
249
APPENDIX 2
271
NOTES
277
BIBLIOGRAPHY
293
INDEX
299

8 Sole Survivor of Torpedo Squadron 8
162
9 Danger 79er
177

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JAMES R. WOODALL ’50 is the author of Texas Aggie Medals of Honor: Seven Heroes of World War II. He served in the US Army in the Korean War, Europe, Vietnam, and stateside, and is highly decorated, holding among other awards the Silver Star and three Bronze Stars. His final posting was as Commandant of Cadets and professor of military science at Texas A&M University. He makes his home in College Station, Texas.

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