A new name was added to Texas A&M's Medal of Honor Hall of Honor Thursday.
During a ceremony in the Memorial Student Center, university officials recognized Clarence Sasser for his heroic actions while serving in Vietnam.
Texas A&M officials released the following information about Sasser:
Sasser was a private in the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam at the time he performed his heroic actions that resulted in him receiving the Medal of Honor. On Jan. 10, 1968, he was helping evacuate soldiers wounded in a helicopter crash in a flooded rice paddy. While under fire, he carried one of the wounded to cover and returned for more. Sasser continued to help his fellow soldiers despite running out of supplies and sustaining wounds in both his legs.
Following his military service, Sasser enrolled at Texas A&M as a chemistry major in August 1969. University officials say Sasser embodies all that the Hall of Honor represents.
University officials emphasize the invitation to attend the Thursday commemorative ceremony is extended to the public.
“On behalf of the entire Aggie community, I welcome Clarence Sasser back to campus to give us this opportunity to honor him for his heroic service to our nation — and for all of us, particularly our students, to be able to personally say ‘thank you,’” President Loftin said.
Gen. Weber, a 1972 Texas A&M graduate, cited the significance of the upcoming ceremony to honor Sasser, for which his office will coordinate the program.
“November 7, 2013 is going to be yet another historic day on the campus of Texas A&M University. Clarence Sasser, an African-American former student and Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War, will take his place among seven other Aggies who have been previously recognized for their courage, sacrifice and the highest level of service and action one could render to this nation,” Gen. Weber noted. “The inclusion and acceptance of Clarence and his Medal of Honor into our Medal of Honor Hall of Honor is fitting, proper and long overdue.”
The Medal of Honor Hall of Honor on the first floor of the Memorial Student Center presently includes the names and likenesses of seven former students. They all received Medals of Honor — including five posthumously – for service in World War II.
The Thursday event coincides with a week-long campus celebration to honor all veterans on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, and also is part of the university’s semester-long “50 Years of Inclusion” program.