A&M Working to Preserve Pointe du Hoc

Texas A&M's efforts to preserve an historic battle site during World War II are well underway.

On Wednesday, researchers met with Congressman Chet Edwards to update the project to preserve Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France.

Pointe du Hoc is the cliff on Omaha Beach that was scaled by the legendary Lieutenant Colonel Earl Rudder and Rudder's Rangers during the June 6, 1944 D-Day Invasion.

"Maybe this is our small way of saying thanks to him, to remind the world of what this great Aggie did, along with his compatriots that day, in literally helping save the world from the tyranny of Hitler," said District 17 Representative Chet Edwards.

Texas A&M researchers recently returned from a trip to Normandy, France to survey the site, currently at risk due to coastal and wind erosion.

"I think it would be an immense tragedy to lose this great symbol of America's courage during World War II," said Edwards.

In March, the American Battle Monuments Commission selected Texas A&M to preserve Pointe du Hoc.