Six dormitories at Texas A&M were renamed Saturday for six Medal
of Honor winners from the school.
Among those present was Dr. Eli L. Whiteley, the university's
only surviving recipient of the nation's highest military honor. He is associate
professor of agronomy at A&M and a native of Georgetown.
Dr. Whiteley graduated from A&M in 1942.
More than 50 members of the six Medal of Honor recipients'
families joined in the observance of a part of Military Weekend activities,
including some relatives from as far away as California.
William G. Harrell, class of 1943 from Mercedes, survived World
War II but died in 1963 [sic - 1964].
The awards were made posthumously to Lloyd H. Hughes, 1943
graduated from corpus [sic - Corpus] Christi; George D. Keathley, Olney, 1937; Turney W.
Leonard, Dallas, 1942; and Thomas W. Fowler, Wichita Falls, 1943.
It's a great honor to have one of the A&M dormitories named
after me," noted Dr. Whiteley, "and I think all the families, including my own,
are extremely proud the university has done this."
"If the young men who live in these dormitories would realize
the sacrifices that these other Medal of Honor winners made, I think it would
influence them in the way they conduct themselves, both here on campus and in
the future," Whiteley observed.
Among the honorees were the widows of two of the men, Mrs. Inez
Keathley of Wichita Falls and Mrs. Olive C. Harrell of San Antonio.
The group was honored at the Corps of Cadets' first full-scale
review of the year and then taken to the dormitory areas.
Three of the halls, Whiteley, Leonard and Harrell, are located
in the corps area, while the others are on the opposite side of the campus and
house civilian students.
Note: There were seven Aggies who were awarded the Medal of Honor in World War
II. Missing from this article is Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr.