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2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr.
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)

'Ike' Warns that America To Need ROTC in Future

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower believes that American leadership in all walks of life still is necessary today to help steer the world along the road to peace.

The former commander-in-chief of Allied armies in Europe shared the spotlight Sunday at Texas A. and M. college Easter sunrise services with two Congressional Medal of Honor winners. In a speech, Eisenhower said:

"Knowledge of the world - of other countries and peoples as well as our own, understanding of the need for organization and for the constructive work of peace, as well as the destructive processes of war - is required.

"This, supported by energetic, tireless leadership, is the greatest need of a near-chaotic world."

Will Need ROTC

Gen. Eisenhower, now Army chief of staff, warned that the reserve office [sic - officers'] training corps will be necessary in case of another war because of the need for officers.

He praised the service of 800,000 Americans who became officers during World war 2, stating:

"They provided the leadership that saved our freedom, our way of life, from powerful enemies. No one can ever deny that accomplishment."

Capt. Eli Whitely of Georgetown, Tex., and Sgt. William G. Harrell of Mercedes, Tex., an armless [sic - handless] war hero, received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

They were the sole survivors of six [sic - seven] former Texas A. and M. students who won the nation's highest military award to answer roll call.

The four who died in combat were Lt. Thomas W. Fowler, Sgt. [sic - 2nd Lt]  Lloyd H. Hughes, Staff Sgt. George D. Keathley, and Lt. Turney W. Leonard.

Receives DeGree [sic - Degree]

Eisenhower received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the college Saturday night. His name headed the list of 29 presentations of honorary degrees to former Aggie students who attained the rank of general during the war.


  • William George Harrell lost his hands in World War II, not his arms.

  • There were seven Aggies who were awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II. Missing from this article is Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr.

  • Lloyd H. Hughes' rank was Second Lieutenant, not Sergeant.

Source: Personal papers. Newspaper article from Page 8 of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, USA, dated Monday, 22 Apr 1946.

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