Posted: 8:24 PM One of the most vulnerable situations anyone can face is to be a stranger in a strange land. John Millhollan faced more than only a strange land. He faced an entire night spent in the jungles of enemy territory during the Vietnam War.
Updated: 2:35 PM Any visitor would not have any hesitation in assuming the current financial adviser was once a Vietnam pilot. A tougher assumption to make would be to know that this veteran was a couple of close calls away from never being in College Station at all.
Updated: 6:49 PM For his service to his country, Duke Hobbs not only received a Purple Heart, he was also awarded a Bronze Star for bravery. The Aggie's military career began when he joined the Army in 1944, after finishing his freshman year.
Updated: 12:19 PM When Pearl Harbor was attacked on the morning of December 7, 1941, Frank Litterst, Jr. was a junior at Texas A&M University. The attack shocked the American people and led the way for the United States to enter World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbor also led the way for the Class of 43, which Litterst was a member of to be commissioned en masse.
Posted: 11:00 AM Don Nicholas arrived at Texas A&M in the fall of 1944, and after a short stint in the Air Force during World War II, he returned to A&M in 1947. That year, he donned the maroon and white on the football field under then-coach Homer Norton as a quarterback for the Aggies.
Posted: 2:08 PM Lieutenant Colonel Brian Parker came from Baltimore, where he attended the University of Maryland on a track scholarship after high school...and it was there that an ROTC instructor guided him on the path that would lead to a distinguished 20-year military career.
Posted: 2:04 PM Jules Jacquin stepped off a train from El Paso, Texas in College Station in 1942 with dreams of earning a degree in engineering. Those dreams were put on hold after he joined the enlisted reserves at Texas A&M. He was called up in 1943 and after training, he was sent to Camp Swift near Elgin, Texas, where he joined the 102nd Infrantry.
Updated: 10:46 PM Bob Wilkinson of Bryan joined the service in 1949 right out of high school, after he was in on the tail end of Korea, he was stationed near Beeville, Texas, to train in flying helicopters.
Updated: 4:02 PM After the Japanese surrender, near the end of World War II, Douglass Starr was aboard the USS Nicholas, a destroyer ship that performed taxi service for the Japanese delegation during the famous signing of the surrender agreement aboard the USS Missouri.
Updated: 5:06 PM Douglass Starr went into the service in World War II at age 17, and had to wait until his 18th birthday to be deployed. He was sent to sonar school in San Diego and assigned to the destroyer class ship, the U.S.S. Nicholas in 1943.
Updated: 5:03 PM Fair to say World War II could not have been fought, much less won, had it not been for those who built the runways, the huts, the medical units, the bridges... in the Pacific Campaign, that was the job of the Naval Construction Battalions...The Seabees!
Updated: 5:24 PM Second Lieutenant Bob Middleton, A&M class of 1951, fought on the front lines of Heartbreak Ridge, where they did battle mostly in the pitch dark of night and often in the snow. Bob Middleton left Korea with memories fo close calls, survival, and the Army's Silver Star medal.
Updated: 5:00 PM Many people in Bryan-College Station know Jim Gordon as a retired pharmacist, who practiced in the Brazos Valley for over 40 years. But, what some people might not know is that Jim served in the Air Force during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he incurred while on a mission to Austria.
Updated: 4:24 PM Wilson Dickey can speak first hand of the day-to-day danger faced by the soldiers in Iraq. He's been there. Pulling anti-sniper and anti IED duty on the most dangerous streets on the outskirts of Baghdad.
Updated: 1:26 PM For one local man, jumping out of planes into hostile territory wasn't acting - Bryan's Louis Hudson lived it. A member of the 82nd airborne division, Hudson jumped in several major battles on the European front during World War II.