Eden in Concho County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
James Earl Rudder
May 6, 1910 - March 23, 1970
— Brave Soldier, Trusted Statesman, Distinguished Administrator, Proud Texan, Great American. —
Organized and personally led the 2nd Ranger Battalion (and elements of the 5th Ranger Battalion) in an assault on the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoe during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, June 1944. Wounded twice by enemy fire that cut down half his command. Said General Omar Bradley, “No soldier in my command has ever been wished a more difficult task than that which befell the 34-year-old Rudder …” Named commander of the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, which played a major role in repulsing Germany’s last great counter-offensive, the Battle of the Bulge. Retired in 1967 as a major general after 35 years of active and reserve service. Military decorations included Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, French Legion of Honor
Appointed commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas in 1955. Restored confidence in Veteran’s Land Affairs while in that public office and significantly increased the financial foundation of Texas’ educational system.
Named vice president of Texas A&M in 1958. Selected 14th president of Texas A&M in 1959 and additionally, president of the Texas A&M University System in 1965. His decade of dedicated leadership earned for him the title “The Builder of A&M”, a tribute to the advancements of the university under his wise and stable administration.
Married in 1937 to Margaret E. Williamson of Menard, Texas. Their children: James Earl, Jr., Anne, Linda, Jane and Robert.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • War, World II.
Location. 31° 12.898′ N, 99° 50.695′ W. Marker is in Eden, Texas, in Concho County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Main Street (U.S. 83) and Jackson Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on S. Main Street. Marker is located in Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eden TX 76837, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Ira C. Eaker (here, next to this marker); Eden (within On April 21, 1836 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneers Rest Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Eden Church of Christ (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church of Eden (approx. ¼ mile away); Eden United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eden.
Also see . . . James Earl Rudder - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on March 28, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.