Gov. Rick Perry today observed the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at the re-opening of Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Military Walk and a ceremony honoring Lt. Gen. James F. Hollingsworth, a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus and the most decorated general officer in the history of TAMU.
“As we dedicate this Military Walk to honor Aggie warriors of the past, present and future, we are also reminded of the tragedy and triumph associated with September 11th and our heros from all over this great nation,” Gov. Perry said. “The leaders trained on this campus will lead the fight for freedom and defend the downtrodden no matter where duty calls.”
The historical Military Walk passageway in the heart of the TAMU campus began as a dirt road in the early 1880s that served as a pathway for members of the Corps of Cadets, and has been restored and updated to include historical markers. Thousands of Aggies, including several generals and other top officials have taken steps on Military Walk.
The governor also attended a ceremony to celebrate Lt. Gen. James F. Hollingsworth’s life and service to his country. Upon graduation in from TAMU 1940, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and was assigned to the Second Armored Division, where he participated in seven campaigns from the invasion of North Africa in 1942 to the occupation of Berlin in 1945. He was wounded five times during that period, and was recognized by Gen. George S. Patton as one of the two best armored battalion commanders in the war and was honored by being the first armored division to enter Berlin following the German surrender. Hollingsworth later served in Vietnam, and was credited for having great valor under fire, and was commanding general in South Korea from 1973-1976.
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