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

MEDAL OF HONOR - A&M Renames 6 Dormitories For Its Heroes

COLLEGE STATION (AP) - 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 nations’ 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 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 graduate [sic - class of 1943] from 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 could 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 cadet’s 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.


  • William George Harrell died on 9 Aug 1964 in Bexar County, Texas, USA, not in 1963.

  • Pete was in the Texas A&M Class of 1943, but did not graduate.

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.

Source: Personal papers. Newspaper article from Page 7A of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA, dated Sunday, 2 Mar 1969.

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