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
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.