Seventy years ago today D-Day was launched by members of what Tom Brokaw rightly described as “The Greatest Generation”. As Americans, each of us owes a debt of gratitude for the preservation of not only our freedom, but also the freedom of the world.
In honor and remembrance of those who fought and served, Baylor Collections of Political Materials, W. R. Poage Legislative Library Center at Baylor University hereby posts the names of those service members represented in our collections.
Judge Charles W. Barrow (1921-2006) served as a Navy Line Officer in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in WWII. He was the recipient of seven battle stars. Judge Barrow later became dean of the Baylor Law School (1984-1991).
Hon. Sam B. Hall, Jr. (1924-1994) served in the U. S. Air Force during WWII (1943-1945). Later the Marshall, TX native was elected to represent the 1st Texas Congressional District (1976-1984).
Hon. Jack E. Hightower (1926-2013) was in the U. S. Navy in WWII (1944-1946). In 1974 the resident of Vernon, TX was elected to serve the 13th Texas Congressional District in Washington, DC 1975-1985).
E. Ray Kirkpatrick (1922-1996) was in the U. S. Army during WWII serving from 1942 to 1945. He later became a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1947-1952).
Judge O. P. Carrillo (1924-2001) was a Sergeant in the U. S. Army during WWII.
Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock (1929)-1999) served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War 1951-1954). For his first campaign, Bullock ran on his military service record. A campaign ad read, “I am a veteran of the Korean War, having spent 45 months in the United States Air Force.”
George C. Moffett (1895-1972) served his country in the Army Infantry & Air Service during WWI. He was a member of the Texas House (1931-1938) and Texas Senate (1939-1965).
Hon. W. R. (Bob) Poage (1899-1987) served in the U. S. Navy in WWI. Following the war he was elected to represent the 11th Texas Congressional District (1936-1978).
Hon. Marvin Leath (1931-2000) served in the U. S. Army (1954-1956) and later represented the 11th Texas Congressional District (1979-1991) succeeding his friend and mentor Bob Poage.
We are humbled by these men who served our nation in the military and in public office.