Texas Aggie Medals of Honor
Seven Heroes of World War II
Military History
6 x 9, 200 pp.
32 b&w photos. 8 maps. 7 Apps. Index.
Pub Date: 10/16/2010
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
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Texas Aggie Medals of Honor

Seven Heroes of World War II

James R. Woodall
Foreword by James Hollingsworth

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

 

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.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Jim Woodall’s Texas Aggie Medals of Honor is 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.
On reading the manuscript one afternoon, I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. Following was an empty night where I couldn’t sleep for thinking about the horror and heartbreak of war and the unbelievable bravery of the men I had just read about. Like many other men of their generation, they were willing to pay whatever cost, take any action, and die for the sake of freedom. The book will shake you to your boots and fill your heart with gratitude. It will inspire and motivate any reader. Aggies of all ages will find it a wonderful read and so will people who are interested in military history, national security, or sacrificial service. It is a wonderful book! Don’t miss it."—Thomas G. Darling ’54, Major General, USAF (Ret.), Commandant Emeritus


“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


" . . . 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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