Dr. Eli L. Whiteley, his family and the families of A&M’s five other medal of
Honor winners were special guest Saturday for Military Weekend activities which
included renaming six dormitories in honor of the World War II heroes.
More than 50 members of the six medal of Honor recipients’ families joined in
the observance, including some relatives from as far away as California.
Whiteley, associate professor of Agronomy here, is the sole surviving recipient
of the nation’s highest honor. He is a native of Georgetown and a 1942 graduate.
William G. Harrell, 1943 graduate 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, where they visited the facilities named
in their honor.
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.